South Portland police to step up OUI enforcement

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SOUTH PORTLAND — The Police Department announced that it will increase sobriety checkpoints and patrols throughout the summer, starting this weekend.

According to a June 23 press release, drivers with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent who are convicted of operating under the influence could face expenses of more than $7,000, including fines, towing charges, bail bonds, attorney fees, insurance increases and the like. Drunken drivers will also have their driver’s license suspended.

Police asked that motorists report any drivers who appear to be driving under the influence. 

In 2008, city police arrested 141 people for drunken driving. So far this year, 74 offenders have been arrested.

The increased patrols and checkpoints are being funded in part by a Maine Bureau of Highway Safety grant.