DATE: March 18, 2014
SUBJECT: Sobriety Checkpoint Planned
RELEASE NUMBER: 2014-NR-024
CONTACT: Sgt. Noah Robinson
AUTHORITY: Sheriff Eric Williams
The Evansville-Vanderburgh County Traffic Safety Partnership will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this Saturday evening, March 22, 2014 from 11:30 PM until 3:00 AM. Law enforcement officers from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department and Indiana State Police will join together to conduct this checkpoint.
The location for Saturday’s checkpoint was chosen based on local traffic collision data. Analysis of data captured since the beginning of March indicated that a particular geographical area within Vanderburgh County accounted for a disproportionately high number of reported hit and run crashes. The upcoming checkpoint will be located within that area. 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 (thereby reducing the occurrence of alcohol and drug related traffic crashes).
Funding for local sobriety checkpoint operations is made possible by funding provided by the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (ICJI) through a grant from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).