PUTNAM COUNTY -- Indiana State Police will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in Putnam County on Friday. Officers will be looking for intoxicated, impaired and underage drinking drivers. The checkpoint will be operating late Friday evening and early Saturday morning.
To expedite the time involved if you are stopped at the checkpoint, drivers are asked to have their driver's license and registration ready to present to the officer. If no violations or impairment is detected by the officer, motorists should only be delayed a few minutes. Additionally, officers will be conducting saturation patrols in the area to observe for impaired motorists attempting to avoid the checkpoint.
To help to ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips:
* Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.
* Don't get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you've been consuming alcoholic beverages; call a taxi, a family member or friend who has not been drinking to give you a ride.
* If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages and make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver or allow them to spend the night.
* Remember, Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think they are about to drive while impaired.
To report an impaired driver, contact your local law enforcement agency or dial 911. Reports can be made anonymously.