Updated: May 18, 2012 - 7:32am
The Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and Olathe Police say they will be conducting two sobriety checkpoints this weekend. One is planned for within the city of Olathe, another is planned for western Johnson County.
Olathe Police say they will be conducting the check lanes Friday, May 18th into the early morning hours of Saturday, May 19th. During the check lane, all drivers in the designated area will be stopped and contacted in an effort to look for signs of impairment. Drivers found to be in violation of the intoxicating liquor laws will be arrested and motorists will be checked for a valid driver's license.
The check lanes will be funded as part of the Impaired Driving Deterrence Program, administered by the Kansas Department of Transportation. Mutual aid efforts between local Johnson County Municipal agencies also help make the check lanes possible.
Olathe Police say they will continue to operate check lanes throughout the year as part of its ongoing traffic safety program.
A check lane conducted, last weekend, Friday, May 12th into the early morning hours of Saturday, May 13th in Overland Park resulted in 673 car coming through the check lane. Police say they tested 38 drivers, made five DUI related arrests, three drug related arrests, three for transporting an open container and one minor in possession.
A previous check lane in Olathe, May 5, 2012 resulted in 68 traffic citations issued, 37 of those were for no driver's license and four were for expired/suspended driver's licenses. An additional eight were for seat belt violations, two DUI related arrests and two drug related arrests.
All information provided by the Johnson County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Highway Patrol, Olathe Police Department and Overland Park Police Department.
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