Sobriety checkpoint in Paris Friday night

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Staff Report

PARIS—The Paris Police Department, with assistance from the Oxford County Sheriff’s office, the Oxford Police Department, Norway Police Department, and the Maine State Police, will conduct a sobriety checkpoint beginning at 9 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, on Route 26 in South Paris. The checkpoint will be in place until 3 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

This will be the second checkpoint that the Paris Police Department has scheduled as part of the on-going initiative “Drive Sober, Maine,” which is funded by a grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.

The first checkpoint that took place in July was very successful in regard to education and bringing awareness to the public concerning the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol, Paris Police Sgt. Jeffrey Lange wrote in a press release.

Since the beginning of 2014, Paris police took fewer than 10 drivers off the streets while working patrol through the “Drive Sober, Maine” grant.