Sobriety checkpoint planned for Friday night

If you’re planning to drink alcohol tonight, don’t get behind the wheel.

There will be an extra police presence out on the roads Friday night as Douglas County sheriff’s deputies and Kansas Highway Patrol troopers conduct a sobriety checkpoint.

The checkpoint will be from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Saturday. The location has not been disclosed except that it would be in a in rural area of the county.

Recent DUI checkpoints by those agencies have focused on patrolling Kansas Highway 10 and the 20-mile stretch of U.S. Highway 59 south of Lawrence to Ottawa.

Also, deputies have begun using the sheriff’s new drug dog, Gero, to sniff some vehicles pulled over at checkpoints.