KHYNNA KUPRIAN

Staff Writer

BENNINGTON -- Bennington Police, along with the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department and Vermont State Police conducted a DUI checkpoint over the weekend, setting up around 7 p.m. Saturday night across from the state office building on Route 7.

The checkpoint was led by Bennington Police Officer Thalia Hudson, and was organized to ensure driver safety by cracking down on those operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"Our goal is to make sure people are out there following the law and not a danger to themselves or others," said Hudson.

At no additional cost to the local community, Saturday’s DUI stop was funded by a $20,000 grant from the State of Vermont. The fiscal year for grant monies will end September 30, and BPD has already been approved for another round of the Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant, beginning Oct. 1, 2013.

"Most of the feedback is extremely positive," said Lt. Lloyd Dean, of BPD. "People thank us for being out here and making sure the roads are safe."

Additionally, $19,000 under the same grant was also issued to BPD to target general highway safety, including speeding violations.

"We want to bring awareness to people," said Bennington Sheriff’s Deputy Joel Howard. "Driving under the influence of anything is unsafe, for yourself or for other people on the road."

Numerous motor vehicle warnings were issued Saturday night, while no arrests were made. Law enforcement on the scene conducted eight child passenger seat inspections and screened 5 people operating motor vehicles throughout the checkpoint.

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