PUTNAMVILLE -- Indiana State Police Troopers will be conducting a DUI checkpoint in Vigo County sometime during the upcoming weekend of Sept. 17 through 19. Officers will be observing for impaired drivers.
To expedite the time involved if one is 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.
The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol and/or drug impaired and pose a danger to all who use the roadways. Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury and death annually.
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 that 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.