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Jun 16

#2017-H-02: Sobriety Checkpoint

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 10:07 AM by Mary Jane King

NEWS  RELEASE  –  #2017-H-02

FOR  IMMEDIATE  RELEASE

CONTACT: C.J. Markham, Lieutenant (620) 431-2100

Sobriety Checkpoint

The Kansas Highway Patrol is planning to conduct a Sobriety checkpoint the weekend of June 24th, 2017 in the southern part of Wilson County.

A sobriety checkpoint intended to remove impaired drivers will be set up in Wilson County. “The purpose of these checkpoints,” according to the Highway Patrol spokesperson, “is not to harass motorists, but to decrease accidents through awareness and enforcement.”

These checkpoints are aimed at reducing the high accident rates by identifying impaired drivers.  The goal of the checkpoint is to encourage compliance with the alcohol related statutes of this state, by removing the drivers that are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for every age from 6 to 28.  Almost half of these are alcohol related.

The proportion of fatal crashes that are alcohol related is about three times greater at night than during the day.

We appreciate the patience and cooperation from all citizens involved with the checkpoint.  For more information contact Lieutenant C.J. Markham or Technical Trooper Rick Wingate at 620-431-2100.