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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Bill banning sobriety checkpoints struck down by House

CONCORD – The New Hampshire House voted 226-111 to strike down a bill that would have banned sobriety checkpoints.

The bill, introduced by Rep. George Lambert, R-Litchfield, would have prohibited the checkpoints, which police agencies use throughout the state to catch drunken drivers.

A House committee had previously voted that the bill was inexpedient to legislate. Several area police chiefs opposed the bill.

“Overall, it’s not a big interference with the majority of people,” Hudson Police Chief Jason Lavoie said of sobriety checkpoints. “The responses we normally get are people thanking us.”

The bill, one of proposed pieces of legislation followed by The Telegraph’s Capitol Watch project, was among dozens the House was expected to take action on Wednesday.

– JOSEPH G. COTE