Sheriff's Department to conduct driver's license checkpoint this week

Monday, May 23, 2011 | 5:59 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff’s Department said Monday that it would conduct a driver’s license and car insurance checkpoint sometime this week.

The checkpoint will be conducted during daylight hours at a location chosen based on the number of related citations in the area, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Motorists will be asked to present their driver’s licenses and proof of car insurance, and those in compliance can expect minimal delay, according to the release.

From May 1, 2010 to May 1 of this year, the Sheriff’s Department cited 351 people for operating a motor vehicle with a suspended or revoked license. They also cited 134 people for operating a vehicle without a valid driver’s license and 500 for failing to present proof of insurance, according to the release.

The checkpoint is funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.

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Jeremy Calton May 23, 2011 | 8:26 p.m.

Well, as long as there's "minimal delay" I suppose we can do without the 4th Amendment.

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John Schultz May 23, 2011 | 10:55 p.m.

Several years back I encountered two or three similar road blocks run by the Highway Patrol on a state road north of Columbia. I was waved through one time and asked for license and registration at least once at another road block. Sure seems to me like the HP could get more bang for their buck by having the five or six officers that were there on the interstate...

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Jimmy Bearfield May 24, 2011 | 10:12 a.m.

The CPD ought to put a few officers at the 63-Clark and Stadium-70 intersections to ticket drivers who try to squeeze through the light and wind up blocking the intersection. Lots of other cities do this. The cops just stand in a safe location, such as a traffic island, and when the light changes, they walk up to each car, take the driver's license and tell him/her to drive to a nearby location where another officer writes the ticket.

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