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Friday, July 11, 2014

Hollis police schedule sobriety checkpoint

Hollis police will stage a sobriety checkpoint in town sometime in the next week.

Police announced Friday they will conduct the checkpoint between July 13 and 20, but didn’t disclose where it would be. The “alarming” number of deaths and injuries as a result of drunk-driving crashes statewide was cited as the impetus behind the effort, police said. ...

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Hollis police will stage a sobriety checkpoint in town sometime in the next week.

Police announced Friday they will conduct the checkpoint between July 13 and 20, but didn’t disclose where it would be. The “alarming” number of deaths and injuries as a result of drunk-driving crashes statewide was cited as the impetus behind the effort, police said.

“We certainly have our share,” Hollis Police Lt. Rich Mello said. “It’s certainly a problem, and the numbers bear that out.”

Mello said Hollis police make 30-50 DWI arrests a year, and usually have at least one fatal crash annually, many of which involve some form of intoxication.

Hollis police held a similar checkpoint last summer and made more than half a dozen arrests in just a couple of hours.

“It was pretty shocking,” Mello said.

Police are not specifying what day the checkpoint will be held.

“It’s going to be in the town of Hollis, and certainly not on a side road,” Mello said.

– JOSEPH G. COTE