Contact: Sgt. Curtis Perkins, Traffic Unit Supervisor
Officer Latisha Stroer, Public Information Officer
COLUMBIA POLICE DEPARTMENT RELEASES RESULTS OF SOBRIETY CHECKPOINTS
(Columbia, MO) - During the enhanced weekend enforcement of August 27 - September 2, 2013, the Columbia Police Department took part in a statewide impaired driving crackdown. Throughout the weekend, patrol officers, the DWI Enforcement Unit, and officers working overtime focused their efforts on removing intoxicated drivers from our roadways. During the enforcement period, the Columbia Police Department arrested 8 intoxicated drivers.
The Columbia Police Department with the assistance of the Boone County Sheriff's Department and Mothers Against Drunk Driving conducted the first sobriety checkpoint on Friday, August 31, 2013 at State Farm Parkway and Nifong Boulevard. The checkpoint began at 10:22 P.M. and concluded at approximately 11:58 P.M. on August 30, 2013. During the check point, 225 motorists were contacted.
The second checkpoint was on Saturday, August 31, 2013 at College and Rollins. The checkpoint began at 12:46 A.M. and concluded at approximately 2:50 A.M. on August 30, 2013. During the checkpoint 394 motorists were contacted. The following arrests were made during both checkpoints:
8 Driving While Intoxicated2 Minor in Possession by Consumption2 Summons for Driving While Suspended/Revoked3 No Operators License Violations23 drivers detained for field sobriety testing
This enforcement period was very successful in removing many unsafe drivers from our roadways. This check point was funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation-Traffic & Highway Safety Division.
The Columbia Police Department wishes to thank those motorists who encountered the check point for their patience and cooperation during our efforts to make Columbia's roadways safer for us all.