Officers from the Indianapolis Metro Police Department as well as Speedway, Beech Grove, Lawrence and Cumberland police departments are joining forces to make sure the roads are safe this holiday weekend.
“We have year-round enforcement in the area of DUI but we pay special attention to holidays. With the Fourth of July we will have DUI checkpoints as well as roaming patrols and we will continue that throughout the weekend,” said Don Bickel, the director of the Marion County Traffic Safety Partnership.
Bickel said the checkpoints will change locations during the days before and after July Fourth. Officers will set them up in areas where there are typically a lot of crashes or a lot of DUI arrests.
“It takes about less than a minute usually in a checkpoint, they’ll check your license and registration and the driver will be on their way, unless the officer feels there is impairment involved then we’ll conduct an investigation,” Bickel said.
The legal limit for blood alcohol content in Indiana is .08 but officers can make an arrest if a person appears too impaired to drive, even if they’re below the legal limit. Police will also be checking for the influence of prescription or illegal drugs.
Nearly one in three fatal crashes in Marion County involve alcohol. Bickel said having a designated driver and wearing a seatbelt whether you’re a driver or a passenger is the best defense against other drivers who may be impaired.