Nine people arrested at Columbia sobriety checkpoint Thursday night

Friday, December 10, 2010 | 4:51 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — A sobriety checkpoint netted nine arrests Thursday night on Providence Road at Southampton Drive, the Columbia Police Department said Friday. 

Less than half of those arrests — four — were made for driving while intoxicated.

The other five other arrests included one arrest for a minor in possession, one arrest for possession of narcotics, one arrest for driving with a suspended license and two for drivers with outstanding warrants.

Besides those arrests, 300 other drivers came in contact with police at the checkpoint. The checkpoint operated between the hours of 11:30 p.m. and 2:30 a.m.

The checkpoint was conducted with help from the Hallsville Police Department as a part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's "You Drink & You Drive, You Lose" holiday campaign against impaired driving.

“The Columbia Police Department will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to drive sober," Chris Hessenflow, Columbia Police Department DWI Enforcement Unit Officer, stated in a press release Friday.

Hessenflow could not be reached for further comment.

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Yves Montclear December 10, 2010 | 8:45 p.m.

From the article: ++Besides those arrests, 300 other drivers came in contact with police at the checkpoint.++

That is, 9 arrests out of 309 drivers? That is actually a comfortable percentage of people on the road not being messed up. Who can kill you or somebody in your family, doing something stupid with their car.

That is, 9 divided by 309, only 2.91 percent of the people on the road, shouldn't have been on the road. That is an amazing statistic. That makes me feel safe when driving in Mid-Missouri.

Try doing a checkpoint like that in South Florida in certain areas near where I live.

The police here would have to take half the people they stop to jail, who are driving during the 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. time period.

Again, that is an amazing statistic for bad drivers not out driving. I'm proud of you Columbia, MO and Boone County.

These checkpoints are working...or cell phone technology is putting out the word to where everybody who is messed up and driving a car, knows to avoid the checkpoint area. I'm betting the latter is more true than the former.

Still, please share your data, and techniques for these checkpoints, with South Florida road law enforcement.

And every illegal alien caught at a checkpoint, driving without a license, insurance, or even the ability to read the road signs, doesn't just get a fine to feed the legal system. They get shipped back to where they came from.

Even if it is Iraq. Send them to Iraq. *laughs*

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