Checkpoints coming this month

By Tony Parra

Roosevelt County Sheriff’s Department Sergeant Rick Short updated the Roosevelt County commissioners about cracking down on drunk drivers in the late part of August and into September in Tuesday’s county commission meeting.
It’s part of a national crackdown campaign on drunk driving which is called “You Drink and Drive. You Lose.”, according to Short. The campaign is airing radio and television spots for the Labor Day holiday, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Web site. The NHTSA is part of the United States Department of Transportation.
Short said there will 10 Drinking While under the Influence saturation patrols between Aug. 27 and Sept. 12 in Roosevelt County. He said the funding for the checkpoints comes from state money and operation DWI takes place from Oct. 1 to Sept. 30, 2005 in which there will be 24 DWI saturation check points in Roosevelt County.
“The governor has allocated money for the saturation check points,” Short said.
Short also said burglaries have slown down since the arrest of a subject allegedly involved in the robberies of storage units.
Roosevelt County Detention Center Administrator Jesse Luera updated the commissioners on the inmate population count, which is at 67, and cautioned at some point numbers are going to continue to grow and at some point they may need to transfer inmates to other detention centers.
Roosevelt County Administrator Charlene Hardin also said there was only one bid for the Milnesand Fired Department Substation Construction and it was for $118,000 from Wilhite Construction out of Clovis. Hardin said it was $50,000 over what fire department officials were expecting and the commissioners declined to award the bid.