Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

August 30, 2013

Sobriety checkpoint planned for Kokomo

By staff reports
Kokomo Tribune

---- — The Howard County Sheriff's Department is conducting a multi-jurisdictional enforcement checkpoint targeting impaired drivers in Howard County Friday evening.

Officers from the Kokomo Police Department and troopers from the Indiana State Police Peru Post will also be involved in the checkpoint. After the checkpoint, city and county officers will conduct roving saturation patrols aggressively seeking impaired drivers in their districts, Capt. Jerry Asher reported.

The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove impaired drivers from Indiana roadways before they cause needless pain, suffering, or death to innocent victims through deterrence and detection efforts.

Safety reminders for motorists:•	Plan ahead and always designate a sober driver before consuming alcohol.•	Don’t drive a vehicle if you’ve been drinking alcohol. Call a taxi or a sober friend. A cab ride is cheaper than a DUI arrest.•	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. Make sure all of your guests leave with a sober driver.•	Never provide alcohol to anyone under 21.

Motorists are encouraged to report suspected impaired drivers by calling 911. Give a vehicle description, location, and direction of travel. Never follow an impaired driver.