Gary Police DUI Checkpoint stops impaired drivers

Contributed By:The 411 News

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will continue until Labor Day, September 7

On August 22, 2020 the Gary Police Department conducted a DUI Checkpoint.

The Gary Police Department's sobriety checkpoint was part of the state's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign that began on August 14, 2020 and will continue until Labor Day, September 7, 2020.

During the course of the checkpoint four drivers were found to be driving under the influence and taken into custody, said Lt. Dawn Westerfield, the department's Public Information Officer. Six additional drivers were arrested for various license violations and released on scene with a court date.

The checkpoint was funded by grants from the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Traffic Safety Administration.

"Our goal when conducting checkpoints is not to inconvenience drivers but to deter those that are impaired from getting behind the wheel," Westerfield said. "One person dies approximately ever 50 minutes from an alcohol related crash. Reducing the number of impaired drivers on the roadways means safer travels for all."

Westerfield reminds everyone to plan ahead for the upcoming holiday, have a designated driver selected prior to going out or use a ride share service. "Sober driving is safe driving! Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over!"

Gary Police will hold its next sobriety checkpoint sometime during the Labor Day weekend September 4-7.

Story Posted:08/27/2020

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