Last updated: May 08. 2014 1:42AM - 638 Views
Karissa Blackburn kblackburn@civitasmedia.com

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On Fri., May 16, members of the West Virginia State Police will be conducting a sobriety checkpoint along W. Va. Route119/26, Deskins Addition in Logan beginning at 8 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Sat. morning.

The primary purpose of the checkpoint is to educate the motoring public about the effects of driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs. Furthermore, the checkpoint would act as a deterrent for impaired driving.

The highest legal Blood Alcohol Content for drivers 21 or older is .08%. For reference, a 160 lb. individual could typically drink three legal alcoholic beverages (i.e. a 12 oz. beer, a 5 oz. glass of wine or a 1.5 oz. shot of hard liquor) and drive without consequence of the law. That number is subject to change as weight and/or potency of the beverage increases or decreases. Free BAC calculators are available online or in apps for those who are interested. To be safe, a designate driver should always be appointed when a group is planning on drinking.

No alcohol is legal for underage drivers.

For a first offense DUI, penalties can be as high as up to six months in jail, a fine of $100-1,000 and license suspension from 15-45 days.

During the checkpoint, drivers will be checked for any other traffic violations as well. This project is funded through the Commission on Drunk Driving Prevention.

For more information, call the WVSP at 304-792-7200.

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