BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Keeping the roads and highways safe from intoxicated drivers has been a debilitating battle for law enforcement for nothing short of a long time. The nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled over campaign has law enforcement on their tippy-toes as they comb the streets for impaired motorists.
It's been a solid effort on behalf of the West Point Police Department, according to Police Chief Tim Brinkley. Within the state, agencies that receive grant funding are allotted the opportunity to participate in the campaign to help suppress intoxicated driving.
The statistics garnered throughout the campaign are locked and loaded with information that can not only help educate the public, but also serve as a solid guideline for the respective law enforcement agency as it illuminates a particular area officers need to focus more heavily on.
Brinkley said the department's participation leans heavily on setting up roadblocks. However, the department has received negative community feedback on occasion in regards to the roadblocks. Some individuals, according to Brinkley, have accused the department of having an ulterior motive in the placement of the roadblocks.
"We get accused a lot of setting up roadblocks in certain areas of the city to target a certain segment of the population," said Brinkley. "It's simply not true."
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