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LPD plans weekend roadblocks

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The Lebanon Police Department will be conducting high visibility impaired driver counter-measures this New Years holiday weekend with a sobriety checkpoint Friday, Dec. 30 on Highway 109.

Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen said the checkpoint will be utilized to monitoring for impaired drivers while also enforcing traffic violations and other offenses. He noted the primary reason for these checkpoints is that they are proven to save lives.

The department asks that law abiding citizens who may be briefly held up by the checkpoint to please be patient and understanding. We hope people understand itll be a short stop for them, Bowen said.

On the other hand, those who may consider drinking and driving should think twice. A DUI conviction can result in jail time, loss of driving privileges, and a criminal record. Most importantly, driving under the influence can result in the loss of innocent lives.

Bowen said the department has investigated two crashes, in two years, involving three fatalities, in which alcohol was a factor. One of those crashes occurred in the early morning hours of New Years Day.

He asked that all drivers buckle up and to please dont drink and drive.

We wish all of the citizens and visitors of our city to have a happy and safe New Year, Bowen said.

The LPD will also have extra officers out on patrol Saturday, Dec. 31 watching for any impaired drivers and to keep others safe on New Years Eve.

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