South Dakota’s Department of Public Safety will begin 2021 by holding 20 sobriety checkpoints in 17 counties during the month of January.
Counties where checkpoints are scheduled are Hughes, Jones, Lyman, Walworth, Brookings, Brown, Butte, Clay, Codington, Day, Douglas, Harding, Lawrence, Lincoln, Minnehaha, Pennington and Spink.
The monthly checkpoints are designed to discourage drivers from drinking and then driving. The checkpoints are funded by the South Dakota Office of Highway Safety and conducted by the South Dakota Highway Patrol with the help of local law enforcement.
Both the Office of Highway Safety and the Highway Patrol are part of the Department of Public Safety.