Sobriety checkpoint planned for this weekend

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 | 10:41 a.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — A sobriety checkpoint will be set up from Wednesday night through Sunday night, Columbia Police Department announced in a news release Wednesday morning.

The checkpoint will be set up within the Columbia city limits from around 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. each night.

The police department also released a reminder of the consequences of drunken driving:

  • The first conviction will result in a suspended license for 30 days followed by a 60-day suspension if a hardship license allowing limited driving privileges is not obtained.
  • The second conviction will result in a $1,000 fine, a year-long revocation of license and up to a year in jail. The driver must install an ignition interlock system on the vehicle, which will prevent the car from starting if there is alcohol on the driver’s breath.
  • Third and further convictions can result in up to a $5,000 fine, a 10-year license denial and/or up to seven years in prison.
  • If an intoxicated driver causes a fatal crash, he or she could be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years in prison, a $5,000 fine, or both.
  • Insurance coverage will be difficult to find, and if found, the rates will be higher.

The department is able to set up the checkpoint because of a grant from Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division for participating in the “You Drink & Drive, You Lose” campaign. For more information, go to


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