Officers Increase Enforcement with Sobriety Checkpoint
The Lincoln Police Department will be conducting a Safety and Sobriety Checkpoint, at an undisclosed location, on Saturday evening, July 5, 2008 from 10:30 p.m. until Sunday morning, July 6, 2008 at 2:30 a.m. This sobriety checkpoint is just a part of the increased enforcement efforts for the 4th of July holiday weekend.
Officers will be focusing on drivers who are impaired and will also be looking for other traffic and safety violations. Those who appear to be under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs will be given field sobriety tests and face possible arrest. The primary purpose of the checkpoint is to raise the level of public awareness about the dangers of drunk driving and inform citizens about the efforts that are being used to identify and apprehend impaired drivers. All too often, members of our community are senselessly injured or killed on local roadways by impaired drivers. This sobriety checkpoint is our effort to reduce those tragedies.
This enforcement will include officers participating in the “Arrive Alive” project. During the month of June, a wrecked vehicle has been displayed on Normal Boulevard between S. 33rd Street and South Street with a banner that reads “Arrive Alive”. Southeast Team second shift officers have also been conducting running radar enforcement in an attempt to slow down drivers in the area.
Last year, Lincoln police officers investigated 8,124 traffic accidents in which 2,570 people were injured and 12 people were killed. Officers also arrested 1,750 drivers in 2007 for driving under the influence.