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Manchester police plan sobriety checkpoints

Drivers passing through Manchester could find themselves stopped by the police at a surprise sobriety checkpoint.

The Manchester police have received court authorization to conduct sobriety checkpoints today and tomorrow.

Police Chief David Mara said intoxicated drivers have been involved in an alarming number of accidents resulting in injuries and deaths.

Law enforcement agencies that conduct checkpoints have a portion of the cost offset by federal highway safety funds.

The police are not revealing the times or locations of the checkpoints.

New Hampshire state law permits sobriety checkpoints if police can satisfy a judge the checkpoint is necessary and search methods are constitutionally reasonable.

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