State police plan checks for impaired drivers

Indiana State Police say they will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint at a secret location in Jackson County on Thursday, May 26th.

Sgt. Stephen Wheeles, spokesman for the Versailles State Police Post, says that drivers who come through the checkpoint will be asked for their licenses and registration and should have those ready. Drivers will only be detained briefly, unless they are impaired Wheeles said.

The purpose of the checkpoints are to remove motorists from highways who are impaired by drugs or alcohol. He says that if you have been drinking you should never get behind the wheel. Other tips for a safe holiday weekend include:

  • Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.
  • If you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages call a taxi, a family member, or 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.
  • Take the keys and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.

Wheeles said that 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.