Sobriety checkpoint planned this weekend

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Sobriety checkpoint planned this weekend

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend at an undisclosed location in Jackson County.

Drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will be detained only briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary, according to Sgt. Stephen Wheeles with the state police.

The purpose of sobriety checkpoints is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol 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 ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, police say to 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 a 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 they are about to drive while impaired.

If you see a vehicle exhibiting erratic driving behavior, call 911 and give a complete description of the vehicle, its location and direction of travel. These reports can be made anonymously.