Rockville, MD — If you plan to be driving in the Rockville area on Friday evening, you might experience a traffic delay.

Troopers from the Rockville Barrack of the Maryland State Police are teaming up with area law enforcement agencies to target impaired drivers by conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Friday, Sept 13.

The goal will be to locate impaired drivers and to promote public awareness of the dangers of impaired driving.

Often times, readers will ask why the MSP announce the checkpoints ahead of time if they hope to catch impaired drivers. They’re required by state law to do so and they also hope that hearing about the checkpoints might make some drivers think twice before getting behind the wheel if they’re altered. 

Officers at the Rockville Barracks remind motorists that if your weekend plans include alcoholic beverages, please plan to have a designated driver.

Drunk driving is completely preventable with a little planning ahead. Designate a sober driver or call a cab. But whatever you do, don’t drink and drive.