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NEWS RELEASE: June 19, 2014
FROM:   The Kansas Highway Patrol
CONTACT: Master Trooper Dan Wills, (620) 431-2100

Sobriety Checkpoint Planned

The Kansas Highway Patrol, Iola Police Department, and Allen County Sheriff’s Department are planning to conduct a sobriety checkpoint during the last week of June in Allen County.

A sobriety checkpoint is intended to remove impaired drivers.  “The purpose of these checkpoints,” according to a Highway Patrol spokesperson, “is not to harass motorists, but to decrease crashes through awareness and enforcement.”

The goal of these checkpoints is to reduce the high crash rates by identifying impaired drivers. The goal of this checkpoint is to encourage compliance with the alcohol-related statutes of Kansas by removing the drivers who are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

This year, 10,324 people will die in drunk-driving crashes - one every 51 minutes.  In 2012, there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. That’s one third of all traffic fatalities nationwide.(NHTSA 2014)

Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for every age from 6 through 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, please contact Master Trooper Dan Wills, or Lieutenant Chuck Yokley at Kansas Highway Patrol, Troop H Headquarters, 301 W. 14th Street, Chanute, KS  66720 or by phone at (620) 431-2100.