If you spot a state trooper camped out by the side of the road somewhere in Essex County this weekend, the trooper may be doing more than just watching for speedsters.
State Police Superintendent Col. Marian McGovern has announced that a sobriety checkpoint will be established on an undisclosed public way in Essex County from Saturday, Sept. 1, into Sunday, Sept 2.
McGovern said in a press release that the purpose of the checkpoint is to further educate motorists and strengthen public awareness about the need for both detecting drivers who are operating under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol and get them off the road.
She said the checkpoint would be conducted over varied hours, safety will be assured, vehicles will not be chosen arbitrarily and troopers will try to minimize inconvenience to motorists by giving them advance notice to reduce fear and anxiety.
The checkpoint is being funded by a grant from the highway safety division of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety and Security.