Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 29, 2012

Drivers beware: checkpoint coming

State, city and county police will be targeting Howard County motorists Friday night by conducting enforcement checkpoints somewhere in the county.


From staff reports

— State, city and county police will be targeting Howard County motorists Friday night by conducting enforcement checkpoints somewhere in the county.

Police did not say where they will be set up, but motorists should make sure they are buckled up and not driving and drinking during this enforcement.

After the checkpoint, troopers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers throughout the Indiana State Police Peru District which covers Cass, Fulton, Grant, Miami, Howard, Tipton, and Wabash counties.

The checkpoints are part of a state-wide effort to crack down on impaired driving.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010, 32,885 people were killed nationally in motor vehicle crashes. That same year, 10,228 people were killed in crashes that involved a driver or motorcyclist with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.

In Indiana, in 2010, there were a total of 192,890 crashes, 8,339 of them were alcohol related, resulting in 135 deaths.