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Nearly 600 vehicles stopped at checkpoint

September 11, 2000

Nearly 600 vehicles stopped at checkpoint



FREDERICK - Nearly 600 vehicles were stopped by the Maryland State Police, Frederick City Police and the Frederick County Sheriff's Department at a sobriety checkpoint Friday set up at Md. 26 at Trading Lane.

The operation began Friday at 11:50 p.m. and continued until 2:40 a.m. Saturday, police said.

The three departments stopped 570 vehicles. Police said 51 of the 570 vehicles were pulled to the side for the drivers to undergo further sobriety testing.

Police said one person was cited for underage possession of alcohol, 14 people were charged with driving under the influence, one person was charged with marijuana possession and one person was charged with driving on a suspended license.

Police said funding for the sobriety checkpoint was provided by the Frederick County Underage Drinking Prevention Task Force. All drivers stopped were also given literature about underage drinking and driving.

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Police said the checkpoint was the most successful of any held in Maryland thus far this year.

The state Highway Administration provided traffic control and lighting for the sobriety checkpoint.

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