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Police plan sobriety checkpoint

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By The Staff

PERRY COUNTY - Troopers from the Indiana State Police Jasper Post will conduct a sobriety checkpoint at an undisclosed location in Perry County Friday. Drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary.

The purpose of the sobriety checkpoint is to remove motorists from the highways who are impaired by alcohol or drugs and pose a danger to everyone on the road. Impaired drivers cause billions of dollars in property damage, personal injury and death annually. Someone in the United States dies every 33 minutes in a crash involving impaired drivers.

Troopers remind motorists to:

Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.

Don't drive your vehicle if you've been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or sober friend.

Take care of your friends. Never let a friend drive while impaired. Take their keys.

If you are hosting a party, always offer non-alcoholic beverages. Ensure all guests leave with sober drivers.

Never provide alcohol to anyone under the legal drinking age of 21.

Motorists encountering a vehicle being operated erratically are encouraged to dial 911 to give a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel.