LAPORTE | The third sobriety checkpoint by LaPorte County Police this year will be held today.
The exact location is not being disclosed, but officer Heath Haferkamp said the checkpoint will be somewhere between Michigan City and LaPorte.
The hope from giving advance notice about the checkpoint is to deter people from drinking and driving, he said.
"Sometimes getting the message out to the general public, I think, is effective," said Haferkamp.
The checkpoint will be held during a period when LaPorte County Police are beefing up patrols through Labor Day to look for impaired drivers. Haferkamp said extra patrols are funded with federal dollars and sobriety checkpoints are encouraged when accepting those dollars.
However, he said, a checkpoint, despite receiving those funds, had not been set up for years until this year when permission to do so was granted by the LaPorte County Prosecutor's Office.