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SCTSP to hold sobriety checkpoint starting Friday night

The Shelby County Traffic Safety Partnership (SCTSP) is a consortium of law enforcement agencies in Shelby County working to increase the usage of seatbelts, to combat aggressive driving, and to decrease impaired driving with the overall goal of creating a safer Shelby County.

Impaired driving is one of our nation’s most frequently committed violent crimes. In 2014, just in Indiana, alcohol-related traffic crashes killed 205 people.

To combat this crime, the SCTSP will be setting up sobriety checkpoints around Shelby County to aggressively deter, detect, and arrest those drivers who make the decision to drive impaired. Sobriety checkpoints have proven successful in both raising awareness of impaired driving and reducing the likelihood of a person driving after they have been drinking.

A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted on the night of Friday, August 11th and the early hours of Saturday, August 12th.

 At a sobriety checkpoint, law enforcement officers evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment at a specified point along a roadway, often depending on the support of local property owners for the use of appropriate land. Checkpoint sites are selected based upon analysis of available crash and impaired driving arrest data and a consideration of officer safety.

Vehicles are stopped in a specific sequence, such as every other vehicle, every third vehicle, every fourth vehicle or by stopping three, four, or five vehicles in succession and allowing other traffic to proceed while checking the stopped vehicles. The planned sequence in which vehicles are stopped depends on the number of officers available to staff the checkpoint, traffic congestion and other safety concerns.

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