In their ongoing effort to strengthen the need to detect and remove those drivers who operate under the influence from our roads and highways, the Massachusetts State Police(MSP) has announced a sobriety checkpoint for this coming weekend.

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Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious offense and I know I've mentioned this before but when I was younger and definitely more foolhardy, I had two car crashes here in the Berkshires that should have left me in worse condition than I ended up being in.

Thankfully, no other vehicles or pedestrians were involved. And both car crashes were literally minutes from my home proving that there is no such thing as, "I live close by. I can make it."

Luckily, I changed my ways after that but some never get that opportunity, sadly. Via a media alert from the MSP, the "sobriety checkpoint" will take place in Essex County this coming Saturday, March 18th, into Sunday, March 19th.

The Mass State Police say within the statement:

It will be operated during varied hours, the selection of vehicles will not be arbitrary, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.

Don't get angry because we're "letting the secret out", so to speak. The Mass State Police wants the general public to be aware of these sobriety checkpoints. The MSP is giving advance notice of the checkpoints to hopefully reduce fear and anxiety due to inconveniences to motorists.

And also to perhaps give pause to a driver who has been drinking to think about giving up the car keys. For more info on the sobriety checkpoint, visit the Mass State Police's Facebook page here.

When it comes to alcohol and/or drugs and driving, make the smart choice. And be careful out there.

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