Kennett Square police, with the assistance of officers throughout Chester County held a sobriety checkpoint event on Friday from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. on South Street in the borough.Police Chief Edward Zunino, who was in charge of the event, said he chose that location because it is a "backdoor" thoroughfare in and out of Kennett Square. He added that in years past he recalls drivers who were intoxicated not being able to negotiate the hazardous corner at South and Lafayette.
At the end of the evening, the officers had stopped more than 200 cars to give them pamphlets on safe driving. They had detained three for testing and had arrested only one.
During the traffic stop some officers admitted that the word probably got out by cell phone that South Street was a place to avoid. But borough officials agreed that it was probably a good thing that drivers are now aware that the police are on the alert for people operating vehicles under the influence.