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The Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership said it issued numerous tickets and arrested three people over the weekend after conducting sobriety checkpoints in two different locations across the county.

Authorities said they conducted checkpoints July 15 in Lowell and on the Griffith/Highland boundary.

As a result, police arrested and ticketed people in the Lowell area. Police said two people were arrested operating while intoxicated (OWI), one was a misdemeanor and the other was a felony. Two others were ticketed, one for driving while suspended and one for an expired plate.

At the Highland/Griffith boundary line, 16 people were stopped and there were two arrests and 14 tickets issued.

Two people were arrested for possession of marijuana and possession of paraphernalia, both were misdemeanor arrests. Authorities said the others were ticketed for a variety of infractions, including driving while suspended, expired plates, no valid driver's license, lack of a seat belt, improper child restraint and disregarding an officer directing traffic. 

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Carmen is an award-winning journalist who has worked at The Times newspaper for 20 years. Before that she also had stints at The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss., The Post-Tribune and The News Dispatch in Michigan City.