WICHITA — Local law enforcement will be out in force Friday night, conducting a sobriety checkpoint on Kellogg/U.S. 54 in an area west of the Arkansas River and east of the west city limits.
The checkpoints are scheduled between four and six times a year, according to Wichita police Capt. Russell "Rusty" Leeds.
Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams says "traffic safety is a priority in the city of Wichita," Leeds said. "This is an opportunity for law enforcement of Sedgwick County to take impaired drivers off the highway."
The checkpoints are routinely scheduled throughout the year to remove impaired drivers from the highways and educate the public about the problems with impaired driving, Leeds said.
So far this year, Wichita has had 24 traffic fatalities, with 15 involving alcohol, he said.
"We encourage motorists to buckle up and set aside distractions when operating automobiles so that they can pay time and attention to the roadway and drive defensively," Leeds said.
The DUI checkpoint is a collaborative effort involving the Wichita Police Department, Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office and Kansas Highway Patrol.