YORK COUNTY, Maine — The York County Sheriff's Department is alerting drivers of a sobriety checkpoint, scheduled before the upcoming holiday weekend.

On Wednesday, May 22, Sheriff William King sent out a notice that during the evening hours of Thursday, May 23, members of the Regional Impaired Driving Enforcement team will be stationed in different locations to check drivers for impairment.

Various locations for the checkpoints could include Route 111 in the Lyman/Arundel area, Route 1 in Arundel, and Route 202 in Waterboro.

The RIDE team is made up of deputies, officers, and state troopers from York County who are skilled in detecting drug and alcohol impairment.

King says the checkpoints are being used to make the roads safer before Memorial Day weekend. In addition to removing impaired drivers from the road, they're also aimed at increasing the public's awareness to the dangers of intoxicated driving.

"With Memorial Day weekend upon us, we are looking to start off the summer months with everyone thinking about safety on our roadways," said King in a notice. "Be responsible. Don't operate a motor vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you plan to drink, designate a sober driver before going out or call for a ride."

According to the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety, 44 people have been killed on Maine's roadways so far this year. 

In 2018 at this same point, 35 people had lost their lives.

This enforcement action is funded by the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety.