As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, authorities are reminding people not to drink and drive.
Starting Thursday night, officers started conducting DUI checkpoints from 10 pm until 2 am on Friday throughout Vanderburgh County.
EPD officers and sheriff's deputies have partnered to conduct the checkpoints, as they have noticed a rise in drunk driving in recent years.
According to the National Highway Traffic Association, out of the 898 traffic fatalities in Indiana last year, 151 were alcohol-related.
During labor day weekend alone, 12 fatal crashes were reported. These checkpoints are a way to prevent that from happening.
"Trying to change it sometimes, someone's luck runs out and you can hurt yourselves or someone else and it's never worth it," said Sgt. Erik Nilssen. "it's always a safer option to call a ride, call a cab, or if you don't think you can get either of those don't go out and drink."
In order to conduct these checkpoints Sgt. Nilssen told 44 News, the departments choose a location based on crash data and hit and run cases.
When word gets out about the location of the checkpoint, people tend to avoid driving in the area.
Regardless of people avoiding the area, Nilssen asks the public to be mindful and safe.