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Columbia police increase traffic enforcement this week

Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | 2:28 p.m. CST; updated 6:50 p.m. CST, Wednesday, January 20, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia police are stepping up traffic enforcement this week.

According to a news release, four extra officers per day have been added to traffic detail throughout the city. The officers were added Tuesday and will continue to patrol through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. They will be focusing on hazardous moving violations, such as failure to stop and following too closely.

The extra officers are being paid through a grant from Missouri's Division of Highway Safety.

Police are concerned about the number of traffic incidents that have occurred in recent years. In response, they have added to the number of traffic enforcers as college students return from break and streets become more crowded.

According to the release, there were 2,875 traffic accident reports last year and 1,939 of those reports resulted in tickets for hazardous moving violations. 2008 had similar numbers with 1,972 tickets written for hazardous moving violations as a result of 3,079 traffic accident reports.


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