ROLLA, Missouri- Captain James W. Remillard, commanding officer of Troop I, Missouri State Highway Patrol, Rolla, announces troopers will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint in Laclede County during the month of September. The checkpoint will occur in a specific location where a larger number of alcohol-related traffic crashes occurred last year.

The officers conducting the checkpoint will be utilizing the mobile DWI unit referred to as the BAT van (breath alcohol testing), which the Patrol acquired through the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division. The van is equipped with a breath testing instrument, communications technology, radios, and other equipment and supplies related to DWI enforcement.

Captain Remillard urges all motorists passing through a checkpoint to use extreme caution by slowing down, keeping their eyes on the road and vehicles ahead for any sudden stopping, and following the directions of the officers. Captain Remillard indicated officers at the checkpoint will be checking operator’s licenses and looking for motorists who are driving while intoxicated by alcohol or other drugs.

“Each year, many motorists are arrested for driving while intoxicated as a result of these checkpoint operations,” said Capt. Remillard. “If just one life is saved or a needless traffic crash is prevented, then the time and effort our troopers put into these enforcement operations is well worth it.”

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. the patrol says. “Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “