Officers at sobriety checkpoint see safe driving practices

April 24, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A sobriety checkpoint set up Thursday (April 23) night at the intersection of W. State and Marsteller streets on Purdue's campus resulted in no arrests being made, Purdue police Capt. Eric Chin said.

Officers with the Tippecanoe County Traffic Safety Partnership, which includes members of the Lafayette, West Lafayette, and Purdue police departments and the Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Department, saw 213 vehicles pass through the checkpoint. Of those, officers conducted four operating while intoxicated investigations and one narcotics investigation but made no arrests. One driver was ticketed for not having a valid driver's license, and the person's vehicle was towed.

Volunteers from the Drug Free Coalition of Tippecanoe County were also at the checkpoint to pass out information on the dangers of drinking and driving and to thank drivers for making safe driving decisions.

Members of the Purdue University Office of the Dean of Students, Student Rights and Responsibilities, provided support to any student requesting assistance at the checkpoint.

"We would like to thank our responsible community members for implementing safe practices when consuming alcohol," Chin said. "As members of law enforcement, we believe in deterrence and preventing a crime before it even happens. We encourage friends and bystanders to practice early intervention to help keep campus safe for everyone."

Contact: Eric Chin, 765-494-8221,

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