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Sobriety check

Lowell police Officer Matthew Philbin, far left, conducts a field sobriety test in May 2016 during a Lake County DUI Task Force safety checkpoint.

LAKE COUNTY — Police will conduct a sobriety checkpoint this weekend to crackdown on impaired driving throughout the Region.

People are encouraged to plan ahead by using a ride share service or having a designated driver in place.

"Over 10,000 people are killed nationwide every year due to impaired driving. Don’t allow yourself or someone you love to become a statistic," Gary Police Lt. Dawn Westerfield said in a news release Thursday. "Sober driving is the only safe driving!"

Drivers who are waved into the checkpoint should expect minimal delays and are asked to have their license and vehicle registration in hand.

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Morning Cops/Breaking News Reporter

Olivia is the morning cops/breaking news reporter at The Times. She spends her time monitoring traffic and weather reports, scanning crime logs and reading court documents. The Idaho native and University of Idaho grad has been with The Times since 2019.