August 21, 2020

Purdue police, local law enforcement to conduct sobriety checkpoint

Note to journalists: Journalists visiting campus should follow visitor health guidelines.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. —Purdue University police and other officers from the Tippecanoe County Traffic Safety Partnership will conduct a sobriety checkpoint on Wednesday (Aug. 26) Drivers can expect to be stopped for a brief amount of time at the checkpoint. While officers check the driver’s license and vehicle registration information, they also will observe for signs of impairment.

“It is more important than ever for our campus community members to be responsible and make wise decisions, considering the current global pandemic,” Purdue police Capt. Song Kang said. “Per protocol, you will see our officers with masks on interacting with the public.”

In Indiana, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher. Drivers under age 21 with a BAC of 0.02 or higher are subject to fines and a license suspension for up to one year. A DUI arrest means going to jail and losing your driver’s license. 

Source: Song Kang, 765-494-8221,

Journalists visiting campus: Journalists should follow Protect Purdue protocols and the following guidelines:

  • Campus is open, but the number of people in spaces may be limited. We will be as accommodating as possible, but you may be asked to step out or report from another location.
  • To enable access, particularly to campus buildings, we recommend you contact the Purdue News Service media contact listed on the release to let them know the nature of the visit and where you will be visiting. A News Service representative can facilitate safe access and may escort you on campus.
  • Correctly wear face masks inside any campus building, and correctly wear face masks outdoors when social distancing of at least six feet is not possible.

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