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Sobriety checkpoints happening in West Lafayette

Purdue Police, Lafayette Police, West Lafayette Police, and Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to monitor the roads for drunk drivers.

Posted: Aug 24, 2018 6:43 PM

West Lafayette, IND. (WLFI) - Drivers should be aware of sobriety checkpoints happening around West Lafayette tonight.

Purdue Police, Lafayette Police, West Lafayette Police, and Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office are teaming up to monitor the roads for drunk drivers.

They will have multiple random checkpoints where they will stop vehicles.There will be signage on the streets indicating that you are entering a checkpoint zone.

Purdue Police Chief John Cox explains what drivers who are stopped can expect.

“Drivers that come through the checkpoint can expect to be stopped for just a short minute while the officer checks their drivers license and registration, look for signs of impairment, and then they will be on their way,” he said.

With students back on campus and high school and college sporting events starting up, Chief Cox says they are just trying to raise awareness that drinking and driving is not the answer.

“I think it calls attention to an issue that we have in our community during this time of the year,” he said. “A lot of alcohol consumption and we are just trying to raise the awareness that drinking and driving is not the answer”

During this initiative last year, 137 cars were stopped, yet no arrests were made.

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