Archive for Thursday, June 3, 2004

Saturation patrol finds only 1

June 3, 2004

Although holiday weekends can often lead to excess celebration and an increase in the number of impaired motorists traversing the streets and highways, the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Department was pleased with the behavior of motorists this Memorial Day weekend.

The department conducted a mobile saturation patrol Sunday evening through the central and southern portions of the county in which five officers patrolled the streets looking for intoxicated or impaired motorists. Throughout the course of the evening, eight citations were issued and one DUI arrest was made, Sgt. Andrew Dedeke said.

"We were pleased that we were only able to identify one impaired driver," he said.

"That speaks a lot not only to the extra efforts the department has made over the last several years but to the fact that people are getting the message as far as needing to designate a driver."

Five officers, three who were assigned to specific locations and two who covered overlapping areas, patrolled County Road 8 south to Kansas Highway 32.

Dedeke said the department's goal was to reduce and eliminate the chance of alcohol-related accidents.

"I would rather find them while they are driving than have a crash," he said.

The department reported that there were no alcohol-related crashes this past weekend.

"(We) just want to push the importance of a designated driver," he said.

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