COLUMBIA — Area police departments operated a sobriety checkpoint in the 1200 block of Grindstone Parkway late Saturday night, according to a release. Police checked 698 vehicles during the operation, which took place from from 11 p.m. until 3 a.m.
At the checkpoint, 70 drivers could not provide proof of insurance. Other violations included seven arrests for driving while intoxicated; 13 arrests or citations on suspicion of minor in possession of alcohol; four arrests or citations on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance; and three arrests or citations on suspicion of misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.
The checkpoint took place as part of the “You Drink & Drive. You Lose” statewide campaign that started Aug. 19.