(WWLP) – State police are alerting drivers in western Massachusetts of an upcoming sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, January 21.

According to the superintendent of the Massachusetts State Police, Colonel Christopher Mason, the checkpoint will take place somewhere in Hampden County on Saturday and will continue into Sunday.

The checkpoint will be operated during varied hours and the selection of cars will not be random.

State police insure the purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to further educate drivers and raise the public’s awareness for finding and removing drivers who operate under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

22News spoke to some local residents about whether they believe this police exercise is effective.

“Yeah I think it should be a good thing,” said Damaso Vazquez of Holyoke. “Drivers should be aware of their surroundings, ya know… and the police should be doing their job…. with the amount of accidents, especially on the highways and local streets and stuff, yea it should really be enforced.”

According Responsibility.org, the percent of Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities of Total Fatalities in Massachusetts is over 30 percent and amounts to over 100 total Alcohol-Impaired Driving Fatalities a year in the Commonwealth.

And while everyone can get behind the message that drunk drivers shouldn’t be on the road, some drivers 22News spoke with had differing opinions on whether or not sobriety checkpoints are a good thing.

“It’s probably an invasion of privacy, one step closer to the totalitarian state we’re headed to… That’s my take, invasion of privacy,” said Scott Abrahams of Naples, Florida.

According to State Police, safety will be assured, and any inconveniences to motorists will be minimized with advanced notice to reduce fear and anxiety.