"The Heat is On" campaign brings driving patrol through Friday

Thursday, June 24, 2010 | 4:51 p.m. CDT; updated 7:32 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 24, 2010

COLUMBIA — Columbia police officers plan to look out for speeders, drivers not wearing seatbelts, impaired drivers and any reckless driving on the roads, a media release said.

The added patrol  will begin at midnight Thursday and continue until midnight Friday. Enforcement will take place on Interstate 70.

Four Columbia police traffic officers plan to participate in the special traffic detail along with as many as eight more patrol officers and deputies from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department at any given time during the 24-hour time window, the release said. The extra enforcement is grant-funded through the Division of Highway Safety.

The special traffic enforcement patrol is part of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety’s three-month “The Heat is On” campaign, aimed to reduce fatal and serious-injury crashes.

During last weekend's DWI saturation patrol, four DWI arrests were made.

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