On September 2nd, members of the Calvert County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting sobriety checkpoints in an effort to remove impaired drivers from Calvert County roadways. These particular checkpoints are being conducted in honor of Montgomery County Police Officer Noah Leotta, who died on December 10, 2015 as a result of injuries sustained after being struck by an impaired driver on December 3, 2015. At the time of this tragic incident Officer Leotta was on-duty actively working a DUI enforcement initiative and was outside of his patrol vehicle on a traffic stop when he was struck. Officer Noah Leotta died trying to prevent the exact crime that killed him -- removing drunk and drugged drivers from Maryland’s roadways. Members of the Leotta family will meet with Calvert County Sheriff’s Office Deputies prior to the checkpoints to honor his memory and thank them for their efforts to save lives.
Effective October 1, 2016, Noah’s Law, named for Officer Leotta, will protect Marylanders and make our roadways safer by significantly expanding Maryland’s Ignition Interlock Program to help keep impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. An ignition interlock is a device that prevents a vehicle from starting when it detects a certain level of alcohol on the driver’s breath.
Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans stated “The majority of Calvert County citizens travel in motor vehicles daily and our priority is to keep them safe during their travels. Impaired driving arrests in Calvert County have increased significantly in 2016. Unfortunately, fatal traffic crashes are also trending towards an increase from 2015. Traffic enforcement will continue to be a priority in an effort to keep our roadways safe and our citizens safer.”
DUI Sobriety Checkpoints are High Visibility initiatives setup on roadways with alcohol related arrest and/or crash history. The checkpoints are designed to be educational initiatives and assist law enforcement with removing impaired drivers from roadways. When entering a sobriety checkpoint every vehicle is stopped and a deputy contacts the operator. If there are no signs of impairment the operator of the vehicle will be given an informational brochure about impaired driving and underage drinking. If there are signs of impairment, the vehicle will be escorted to the designated testing area and the driver will perform standardized field sobriety tests to determine their impairment.