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Don't Drink and Drive: Sobriety Checkpoints Set for Fenton, Imperial

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Department will conduct sobriety checkpoints on Thursday, Oct. 11 and on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department has announced it will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on two Thursdays (Oct. 11 and Oct. 18) in the Imperial and Fenton areas.

According to the department, sobriety checkpoints increase the opportunity for the apprehension of intoxicated and impaired drivers who would normally escape detection, unless they were observed committing a violation or in a traffic crash. 

Jefferson County Sheriff Oliver "Glenn" Boyer advises residents who attend gatherings when alcohol is consumed to be responsible and have a sober driver take them home.

foxxydrummer October 09, 2012 at 02:30 PM
Just another way to fill the coffers of Jefferson County. It's not about safety, it's all about the money.
Brian October 12, 2012 at 05:03 PM
"According to the department, sobriety checkpoints increase the opportunity for the apprehension of intoxicated and impaired drivers who would normally escape detection, unless they were observed committing a violation or in a traffic crash." It seems as though the Jefferson County sheriff's office is undercutting its own argument for the checkpoint. They want to reduce accidents by taking dangerous drunk drivers off the road, but can't identify the driving habits they seek to eliminate in the first place. Instead of honing in on vehicles that travel the roads demonstrating behaviors associated with drunk driving (i.e.: maintain no lane, drive too slow, fail to turn on headlights, etc.), they need a breathalyzer to tell them if a motorist is dangerous. This does nothing to address the issue of drunk driving and adds another unneeded distraction for drivers who are lawfully and peaceably travelling public roads.

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