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Sobriety Checkpoint Conducted Saturday Night


2 officers conducting sobriety checkpoint Officer leaning toward driver's open window at sobriety checkpoint


Law Enforcement Officers from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Baxter Springs Police Department and the Kansas Highway Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint east of Baxter Springs on U.S. Highway 166 at the Spring River Bridge from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. late Saturday night into early Sunday morning as part of an enhanced enforcement effort to remove impaired drivers from the roadways during the Labor Day Holiday Weekend. Funding for the enforcement project is funded by a grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation.

During the checkpoint there were:

• 200 drivers contacted
• Average travel delay per vehicle was 17.75 seconds
• 3 drivers were subjected to Field Sobriety Testing
• 0 drivers were arrested for impaired driving
• 2 child restraint violations
• 2 adult seatbelt violations
• 4 expired license plates

“This is a busy weekend for highway travel, with families enjoying the final long weekend of the summer. I consider it a success that we were able to make contact with a high number of drivers, none of which were driving over the legal limit of alcohol,” stated Cherokee County Sheriff David Groves.

“The motorists who came through the check lane were delayed less than 18 seconds, on average, and most of them thanked the officers on the line for being out there, working to make the roadways safe for them and their families. We appreciate the cooperation of all those who came through the checkpoint and also appreciate all those who made the decision to not drink and drive,” concluded Sheriff Groves.


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