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DWI saturation patrols scheduled for Friday night

Friday, June 18, 2010 | 4:40 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Columbia Police Department plans a DWI saturation patrol overnight Friday.

The department's two officers assigned to its DWI Unit will be on the road, and other extra officers will be on DWI patrol as well. Officers will be on the look out for impaired drivers, a media release said.

These extra efforts are funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division.

According to a previous Missourian article, the Boone County Sheriff's Department arrested six people and issued 22 warnings during DWI saturation patrols from May 15 and 16.

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.


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