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Sobriety checkpoint planned in Fayette this month

Renatta Signorini
| Wednesday, May 23, 2018, 7:30 a.m.

State police in Uniontown aren't saying where in Fayette County they'll be setting up a sobriety checkpoint, but it will be sometime in the next week.

Troopers said in a news release that members of the station's patrol unit will be checking for drivers under the influence of alcohol and controlled substances between Wednesday and May 30.

The purpose of the checkpoints is to reduce the number of impaired drivers and decrease the damage, deaths and injuries they may cause.

Troopers at the Greensburg and Belle Vernon stations were equally as vague last week in announcing two checkpoints somewhere in Westmoreland County during the second half of May.

A 1990 U.S. Supreme Court ruling held that police have to announce checkpoints ahead of time to meet a minimal standard of consent — if drivers know there's a checkpoint and still drive, they're effectively acknowledging that they could run into the checkpoint and be stopped.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374, rsignorini@tribweb.com or via Twitter @byrenatta.

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