August 31, 2011
The summer season is wrapping up with Labor Day fast approaching. For many folks that means hitting the road to their favorite vacation destination for one final blowout of the summer. For officials with Indiana and Illinois law enforcement departments, the holiday weekend means cracking down on drunk drivers.
Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) officials are hoping the trend of lower than normal accidents and fatalities related to alcohol on the holiday will continue this year. Last year only 9% of crashes on Labor Day were alcohol related. This is a significantly lower number than the 40% of 2009, and the 58% in 2008.
WTHITV News stated that Secretary of State, Jesse White, attributes the steep decline to drivers being more aware of the dangers alcohol poses behind the wheel. He also warned drivers that state and local police would be conducting sobriety and seat belt checkpoints throughout the weekend.
Indiana is trying to reduce its number of alcohol related crashes as well by executing checkpoints across the state over the weekend. The Tribune Star released information today that the Putnamville District of the Indiana State Police will perform a DUI roadblock in Vigo County late Saturday night. Motorists will be required to show a drivers license and registration, and be quickly evaluated for intoxication. Sober driver will move through the checkpoint in 2-3 minutes.
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