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 SaveMOlives.com.