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Lakes Region police work at a DWI checkpoint in June of 2012 on Route 3 in Belmont. (DAN SEUFERT)

Belmont police planning 3-day sobriety checkpoint

SANBORTON — Police Chief Stephen Hankard is leading this year’s Regional DWI Task Force in setting up a checkpoint along Route 3 in Belmont at an unannounced time between Thursday and Saturday night,

Police said the sobriety checkpoint, which will be run by Hankard, Belmont Police Chief Mark Lewandowski, Tilton Police Chief Robert Cormier and Northfield Police Chief John Raffaelly, is the most effective method of detecting and apprehending impaired operators.

The police checkpoint program is approved by the New Hampshire Highway Safety Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and uses federal highway safety funds.

The checkpoints are needed because of what police say is increase in the number of drunk and otherwise-impaired drivers in the Lakes Region.

— Dan Seufert, Union Leader Correspondent

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