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LAKE COUNTY — Checkpoints will be set up this week starting Thursday in Lake County targeting impaired drivers.

From Thursday through Saturday, the Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership will be conducting impaired driving checkpoints throughout the county, according to Lt. Ronald Russo, coordinator for the Lake County Traffic Safety Partnership.

The locations are not disclosed prior to the checkpoints and drivers can expect two-minute delays or less at and around the checkpoints. The aim of the initiative is to reduce wrecks caused by impaired driving.

“Publicizing these events will hopefully persuade people to choose to designate a driver, call a cab or arrange for another way home without getting behind the wheel intoxicated,” Russo said.

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In addition, the partnership is set to continue high visibility enforcement patrols for the month of May in targeting impaired drivers, safety belt violations and texting while driving. During this time officers will issue warnings, citations, summonses and arresting drivers who are intoxicated.

Their “Click It or Ticket” patrols will continue through Memorial Day, enforcing that drivers and passengers should be buckled up and that children under 8 years old should be properly secured in a booster or child car seat. 

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Night Crime/Breaking News Reporter

Anna Ortiz is the breaking news/crime reporter for The Times, covering crime, politics, courts, investigative news and more. She is a Region native and graduate of Ball State University with a major in journalism and minor in anthropology.