Local law enforcement to conduct sobriety checkpoint Oct. 28 and 29

The Hamilton County Traffic Safety Partnership will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on the night of Friday, Oct. 28 and in the early hours of Saturday, Oct. 29.

The HCTSP is comprised of the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept., Fishers Police Dept., Carmel Police Dept., Noblesville Police Dept., Westfield Police Dept. and Cicero Police Dept., with the assistance of the Indiana State Police.

The consortium says impaired driving is one of the nation’s most frequently committed violent crimes. In Indiana in 2014, alcohol-related traffic crashes killed 101 people – accounting for approximately 13 percent of all fatal crashes – and injured another 1,880 people.

Approximately 750 people are convicted of an impaired driving offense annually in Hamilton County alone, and nearly 100 of those were repeat offenders. In 2015 in Hamilton County, for example, the state filed 732 cases of operating while intoxicated. Of these, 106 drivers had prior convictions for operating while intoxicated within the past five years.

Sobriety checkpoints have proven successful in both raising awareness of impaired driving and reducing the likelihood of a person driving after they have been drinking.