Police planning checkpoint

Troopers from the Indiana State Police Versailles Post will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint Thursday at an undisclosed location in Jennings County.

Drivers passing through the checkpoint area should have their licenses and registrations ready to present to troopers and will only be detained briefly while troopers determine whether further investigation is necessary, according to a news release from Sgt. Stephen Wheeles.

The purpose of checkpoints is to remove those motorists from the highways who are alcohol- or drug-impaired and pose a danger to all who use the roadways, said Wheeles, the post’s public information officer.

Impaired drivers are responsible for billions of dollars in property damage, person injury and death annually, he said.

To help ensure your weekend is safe and enjoyable, observe the following tips:

  • Plan ahead and always use a designated driver.
  • Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle 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.

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.