Crime & Courts

Wichita police will have DUI checkpoint for drivers on 4/20 marijuana weekend

The Wichita Police Department will have a DUI checkpoint somewhere in the city over the 4/20 weekend.

The check lane will be held to look for drunk drivers between 10 p.m. Saturday and 2 a.m. Sunday, Officer Charley Davidson said. The location for the checkpoint was not released.

“Drunk driving is illegal,” police Lt. Jeff Allen said in a statement. “It also puts you in danger. Please do your part in helping keep Wichita safe.”

The check lane is funded by a grant and will be done in collaboration with the Kansas Highway Patrol and Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

Multiple law enforcement agencies across the state will increase their traffic patrols over the weekend, especially looking for drivers under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Saturday is April 20, also known as 420 or 4/20, and is a marijuana smoker holiday.

The Kansas Department of Transportation said the special campaign against drugged driving will include increased traffic enforcement and police visibility Friday and Saturday.

“Law enforcement and prosecutors will also be enforcing a ‘No Refusal Weekend’ in which all suspected impaired drivers who refuse a breath test may be subject to blood testing,” KDOT said. “Officers will be extra vigilant this weekend to detect all impaired drivers and consequently testing for both alcohol and drugs.”


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