NEW HAVEN There will be sobriety checkpoints conducted in Addison County during the weekend of July 4 according to Lt. Bruce Melendy, station commander of the Vermont State Police in New Haven. The checkpoints will be operated by the VSP and other law enforcement agencies in Addison County. The checkpoints will be setup in an effort to monitor the flow of traffic along Vermonts Highway in the interest of detecting and arresting individuals under the influence of alcohol or any drug that has impaired their ability to operate a Motor Vehicle. The VSP will be increasing patrols along Route 7 and Routes 22A over the next few weeks to monitor traffic due to recent crashes where excessive speed and eratic operation have been involved. The state police will be vigilant in issuing traffic citations to motorists who are speeding and violating traffic laws. This will be done in the interest of public safety. Melendy said he would rather see a traffic ticket issued in the hope that a motorist will slow down, than to have to deliver a death notification to family members because someone was driving too fast. The state police would also like to remind motorists to drive in a defensive manner and be prepared for what other motorists might do and always wear safety belts and keep children properly restrained.