LRPD to conduct safety/sobriety checkpoint

LRPD to conduct sobriety checkpoint

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The Little Rock Police Department announced they will hold a sobriety checkpoint this Friday somewhere in Little Rock.  Police say the goal of the checkpoint is three fold: get drunk drivers off the road, prevent them from driving drunk in the first place, and save lives.

This will be the second DWI check point the department has conducted. The last checkpoint was in December of 2015 and led to 19 total arrests, two of which were for drunk driving.

 According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, checkpoints have provided the most effective documented results of all DWI enforcement strategies.

Little Rock Police Public Information Officer Steve McClanahan said the department felt the last checkpoint was a success and got a lot of positive feedback and support.

He said there has been an overall decrease in drunk driving and these checkpoints are likely part of the reason.

The department has not announced where the checkpoint will be located but they plan to announce it on Friday right before the checkpoint begins.  As far as how they choose that location, McClanahan said they try to choose an area that is safe, accessible, and convenient for police and drivers.  The average delay for motorists driving through the last checkpoint was only :43 seconds.          

McClanahan also mentioned the checkpoints serve as a reminder that anyone that does get caught driving drunk could face thousands of dollars in fines as well as a suspended license of six months or more.

McClanahan said the checkpoints are legal as long as they announce them ahead of time. The department works with the City Attorney to make sure that everything is lawful.


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