A sobriety checkpoint on interstate highways in Sioux Falls resulted in 25 DUI arrests on Friday night, Aug. 30.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol coordinated the high-visibility checkpoint, working with the Sioux Falls Police Department, Minnehaha County Sheriff’s Office and Minnehaha County Emergency Management.
A total of 2,316 vehicles went through the checkpoint during the night. In addition to the DUI arrests, the checkpoints resulted in 11 misdemeanor drug arrests (marijuana) and a number of other charges, such as driving without a license and no proof of insurance.
Locations of sobriety checkpoints are based on areas deemed problematic based on research involving crashes and alcohol violations. The purpose of the checkpoints is to remove drunk drivers from the roadway and to deter drunk driving in the future. This creates safer roads for all drivers.