SANFORD — Police stopped more than 200 cars Saturday night at a checkpoint intended to crack down on drunk or drugged driving.

The good news is that no one was charged with operating under the influence.

Whether folks took heed of the advance notice police gave that the checkpoint would be held is unknown. But Det. Sgt., Matthew Jones reported that of 205 cars moving through the checkpoint from 10:30 p.m. to 1 a.m., none of the motorists were charged with OUI, or any other offense.

One driver however, made a U-turn when he saw the checkpoint, was stopped by a patrol officer and charged with operating under suspension.

The sobriety checkpoint was conducted by the Regional Impaired Driving Enforcement Team, which is funded by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety. Jones said team members are experienced in detecting drivers who are impaired by alcohol or drugs.

RIDE members participating in the checkpoint included Sanford Police Department, York County Sheriff’s Office, Saco, Kennebunkport, Kennebunk, Ogunquit, North Berwick and Berwick police departments and Maine State Police.

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