DATE: Thursday, September 2nd
SUBJECT: DUI Checkpoint
RELEASE NUMBER: 2021-NR-021
CONTACT: Lt. Matt Corn
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Dave Wedding
The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this Thursday, September 2nd from 10:00 PM until 2:00 AM on September 3rd, 2021. Law enforcement officers from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office and Evansville Police Department will join together to conduct this checkpoint as a part of Blitz 110: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, a statewide enforcement campaign designed to detect and deter impaired driving.
The location for Thursday’s checkpoint was chosen based on local traffic collision data. Analysis of data captured over a six (6) month period indicated that several geographical areas within Vanderburgh County accounted for a disproportionately high number of reported hit and run crashes during 2021. The upcoming checkpoint will be located within one of those areas. Hit and run crashes are often the result of impaired drivers who try to avoid arrest by fleeing the scene.
The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership conducts sobriety checkpoints in an effort to detect and deter impaired drivers in an effort to reduce the occurrence of alcohol and drug related traffic crashes. Funding for local sobriety checkpoint operations is provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).