Law enforcement to perform DWI inspections

One or more checkpoints will emphasize the community's policy on drinking and driving
Friday, August 21, 2009 | 12:01 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA – The MU Police Department will conduct its first vehicle inspections on or near MU, coinciding with the first week of classes. The inspection is part of at least one DWI checkpoint during a 10-day period.

Officers will be present any time between 10 p.m. and 4 a.m. from Aug. 20 to 30 to perform the inspections.

The checkpoint project is part of “You Drink & Drive, You Lose,” a DWI enforcement campaign that will bring together the MU Police Department, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department, the Missouri State Highway Patrol and the Columbia Police Department.

Officials will block off a certain area and inspect a predetermined number of cars in search of intoxicated drivers and other violations, MU Police Chief Brian Weimer said Thursday. Exact locations are unknown.

Weimer said officers' presence will be a reminder that law enforcement takes drinking and driving very seriously.

“We are very fortunate to have the county, city and highway departments helping and working closely together to combat drinking and driving,” Weimer said.

Law enforcement officials have also prepared for the August influx of college students by putting out information hammering home their point: that the MU Police Department will not tolerate alcohol-related driving offenses in the community.

MU Police officers have participated in checkpoints in the past, but this is the first time they will sponsor one, Weimer said.

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Charles Dudley Jr August 21, 2009 | 3:20 a.m.

Take away their licenses for two years,impound their cars until after their court dates are over and really send a message about this issue.

If they get stopped again in the two year time frame off to jail for a year.

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Eric Cox August 21, 2009 | 6:24 a.m.

Nazi tactics this is not a sobriety checkpoint, it is just a regular checkpoint, where you will be asked to prove you have legal right to be in the country. One more way for the government to take your money . Charles Dudley Jr. dosen't even support due process wants you punished without a conviction, how is your goose step Chuck?

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Charles Dudley Jr August 21, 2009 | 9:10 a.m.

Eric Cox I due support due process the problem is the chronic offenders who do not get it when the judge tries to give them a break the first time they go up for court.

Hey if they cannot get it the first time what makes you think they will the next time?

Slap it to them from the moment they step in front of the judge IMHO. That also sends the message to others that it will not be tolerated.

How many times must a Drunk/Intoxicated driver be arrested and let go before they kill somebody?

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Larry Bailey August 21, 2009 | 9:42 a.m.

Eric Cox, God forbid a illegal alien, which I know is not a politcally correct term, get caught at a sobriety check point. Last time I checked it is against the law to be here illegally. As far as the government taking our money just wait until Mr. Obama gets done!

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joe withheld August 21, 2009 | 11:27 a.m.

reminder: driving is a "privilege" not a right.

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Ray Shapiro August 21, 2009 | 1:23 p.m.

I beg to differ with your statement. Citizens have the right to drive their vehicles. Government has the right to regulate, enforce and punish. It is your privilege to obey laws...
("Now it should be noted that extensive research has not turned up one case or authority acknowledging the state's power to convert the individual's right to travel upon the public roads into a "privilege." is concluded that the average Citizen does have a "Right" to travel and transport his property upon the public highways and roads and the exercise of this Right is not a "privilege.")
source and more:
Is Driving A Right Or Privilege? A RIGHT!!

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