Sobriety checkpoint, saturation patrol increases planned for Columbia this week

Monday, March 14, 2011 | 5:32 p.m. CDT; updated 8:23 p.m. CDT, Monday, March 14, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department will increase enforcement efforts against people driving while intoxicated March 16-20.

Police plan to increase saturation patrols and have at least one sobriety checkpoint, a release from the Police Department stated. Drivers who encounter a sobriety checkpoint should expect minimal delays.

The department received a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division for its participation in the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose." campaign to continue to increase efforts to combat impaired driving. In 2009, 280 people were killed and 1,140 people were seriously injured in crashes involving impaired drivers, the release stated.

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