Police setting up checkpoints

Published: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, November 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

Motorists heading onto the University of Florida campus for the school's upcoming Homecoming events may run into a roadblock tonight.

Officers will set up a checkpoint on Museum Road at the northwest corner of Lake Alice, east of the intersection at Radio Road, the UF Police Department reported. Both east and westbound traffic will be stopped. Some drivers will be routed into an adjacent parking lot. The checkpoint starts at 10:30 p.m. and runs until 3 a.m. Friday.

Several law enforcement agencies will be involved in the checkpoint, the first UF Police have held on a Homecoming weekend, said Lt. Stacy Ettel, who oversees the agency traffic unit.

Ettel said UPD decided to hold a checkpoint during a busy week on campus when many motorists plan to visit the university or will be using campus roadways to get through the city.

Officers will be checking for motorists who are driving drunk or under the influence of drugs as well as violations of driver's license and seat belt laws.

Police decided to hold the checkpoint Thursday night because many people's weekend starts Friday, which is a Homecoming holiday for some.

A drunken driver fatally injured Gainesville Police Lt. Corey Dahlem after the university's national basketball championship win on April 2.

Ettel said the police department has always been proactive in enforcing drunken driving laws. "Corey just gives us more reason to be more proactive," Ettel said.

Lise Fisher can be reached at 352-374-5092 or fisherl@gvillesun.com.

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