It's a new week and you know what that means, Berkshire County. It's time for the MSP to alert the public on another sobriety checkpoint scheduled for this upcoming weekend. Oh, you thought they were finished? Oh no.

In their ongoing effort to further educate motorists and 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 Friday night, February 17th, into Saturday, February 18th.

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The sobriety checkpoint is scheduled for Hampden County(Blandford, Chicopee, Holyoke, Springfield, Westfield, etc.) this Friday into Saturday. For now, this is the only one scheduled, but that may change.

According to a media alert from the Mass State Police, this checkpoint:

...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.

Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs is a serious offense and I know I've mentioned this numerous times 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.

I could have ended up dead both times and thank my lucky stars that no other vehicles or pedestrians were involved. Needless to say, I changed my ways after that but some never get that opportunity, sadly.

The MSP is giving advance notice of the checkpoint to hopefully reduce fear and anxiety due to inconveniences to motorists. Also, the Massachusetts State Police want to stress to motorists that safety will most definitely be assured.

Please, folks, take it from someone who knows, be careful out there. For more info, visit the Massachusetts State Police's Facebook page here.

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