LAPORTE | The La Porte County DUI Task Force is a multi-agency group of police officers from the Michigan City and La Porte Police Departments, along with deputies from the La Porte County Sheriff’s Office, who work to decrease impaired driving with the overall goal of making the roadways in La Porte County safer. To combat this problem, the La Porte County DUI Task Force will be setting up a sobriety checkpoint to aggressively detect, deter and arrest those drivers who operate a vehicle while impaired.
A sobriety checkpoint will be conducted during the evening hours of Aug. 23. The sobriety checkpoint will be worked in conjunction with Blitz #76, which is focused on impaired driving. Also, troopers from the Indiana State Police, Lowell District, will be participating in saturation patrols near the general vicinity of the sobriety checkpoint.
The location of the sobriety checkpoint is determined based upon the analysis of available crash data, impaired driving arrests and officer safety. Upon making contact with the driver, members of the DUI Task Force will explain they have been stopped at a La Porte County DUI Task Force Sobriety Checkpoint. Motorists will be required to produce their driver’s license and vehicle registration. DUI Task Force members will evaluate drivers for signs of alcohol or drug impairment. Motorists who are not impaired can expect a short delay of two minutes or less. If all the requested information is correct, and there is no need to be detained any further, the motorist will be allowed to continue to their destination.
In the 2002 case of State of Indiana v. Gerschoffer, the Indiana Supreme Court found that sobriety checkpoints are constitutional when conducted properly. The La Porte County DUI Task Force is a grant project that is funded by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and is administered and monitored by the Indiana Governor’s Council on Impaired and Dangerous Driving.