CUMBERLAND — A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted at an undisclosed location in Allegany County this week, according to Maryland State Police Sgt. Kenneth Fochtman of the Cumberland barrack.

Motorists traveling through the federally funded checkpoint will be given educational pamphlets on the effects of alcohol on the body as it relates to operating a motor vehicle.

They will be checked for any signs of alcohol use and if detected, pulled to the side for further testing. Anyone found to be operating at above accepted levels will be charged and removed from the highway. All vehicles traveling through the checkpoint will be stopped as required by federal guidelines.

The checkpoint is conducted to promote public awareness and education to the problem of driving under the influence. Police said it is designed nor intended for the purpose of these checkpoints to produce large numbers of driving under the influence arrests.

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