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HPD checkpoint leads to arrests


Hays Police Department officers conducted a sobriety checkpoint Friday in the 2800 block of Vine Street. The check lane was held between 11:45 p.m. and 2:45 a.m.

The purpose of the checkpoint was to improve community safety by identifying impaired drivers and removing them from the roadway. Ninety-seven motorists were contacted during the event -- 11 motorists suspected of driving under the influence were given on-site sobriety tests. Three drivers were arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence of alcohol. One driver was cited for transporting an open container of alcohol.

Efforts were made to minimize the interruption of traffic flow. The average length of time for drivers stopped in this checkpoint who had not been consuming alcohol was 17 seconds.

The event was conducted in accordance with the Kansas Department of Transportation Impaired Driving Deterrence Program.