Police will be stepping up OUI enforcement this holiday weekend.

Ellsworth Police are planning to conduct OUI road checks this Fourth of July weekend. Now before we get the comment of "why are you telling us where and when they'll be?" There's reasoning behind police departments publicizing planned checkpoints. Announcing OUI road checks can enhance their preventative effect, and can reduce discomfort for area drivers. Plus OUI checkpoints are nothing to fear, or much of an inconvenience, if you're not driving impaired.

Ellsworth Police say checkpoints will start July 1, through July 6. The details are focused around the Route 1A and Route 3 corridor. Police say "Please make sure you have a sober driver so everyone can enjoy the weekend." The Maine Bureau of Highway Safety is funding the checkpoints.

Similarly, Maine Game Warden's will be out in force this weekend. Their annual Operation Dry Water starts this weekend. The campaign is aimed at raising BUI awareness and enforcement. Wardens will be conducting OUI focused enforcement and safety inspections.

Alcohol is the leading contributing factor in recreational boating deaths in Maine, and around the country. Penalties for OUI boating include fines, jail time, and impoundment of watercraft in some cases.

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