Police conducting extra patrols, DUI checkpoints this weekend

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Several local police agencies will have extra police on patrol throughout the holiday weekend watch for aggressive and drunken drivers.

Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted, Friday and Saturday night, September 2 and 3. The checkpoints will be between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. The checkpoints will be conducted on the northeast side of South Bend southwest side of Mishawaka, according to a news release from the St. Joseph County Traffic Safety Partnership.

A sobriety checkpoint will also take place in Kosciusko County on Friday night, conducted by Indiana State Police troopers from the Bremen Post.

Police have not said exactly where the checkpoints will be.

Drivers are asked to have their driver’s license and vehicle registration available when entering a checkpoint. Motorists can expect short delays of only two to three minutes.

Police recommend the following steps to have a safe and enjoyable weekend:

  • Plan a safe way home before going out to drink.
  • Before drinking, designate a designated sober driver and leave your keys at home.
  • If you decide to drink use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member to get home safely
  • If you know someone who is about to drive while impaired, take the keys and help that person make it home safely.
  • Anyone who observes another driver that may be impaired should call 911. Be prepared to give a description of the vehicle, location and direction of travel.

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