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Several arrested in local drunk driving crackdown


Police say a sobriety checkpoint blitz they started Friday night is working.  Lieutenant Tim Williams with Mishawaka Police said Sunday that a string of crashes in South Bend Saturday night is tragic but they prevented several more from happening.  Saturday night 8 drivers were arrested at the checkpoint at Twyckenham and Angela.  And even more DUI arrests were made after the checkpoint ended.  "11 tragedies that we actually prevented last night, in any condition, whether it be the driver themselves getting in a crash injuring themselves and killing themselves or an innocent family being injured by that drunk driver.  I think that's a victory."

The whole point of the two week long crack down on drunk driving is to get the message out there that people need to make more responsible decisions.  Williams said if you're going out drinking you need to plan ahead and make sure you have a designated driver.  Something the people who were arrested for DUI didn't do.  "If they had made plans differently they wouldn't be going to jail."

Police may hold another sobriety checkpoint next weekend.  But Williams said even if they don't, they'll be aggressively targeting drunk drivers for the next two weeks with saturation patrols.


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