Columbia Police Department participates in 'Heat is On' campaign

Monday, June 27, 2011 | 5:23 p.m. CDT; updated 8:26 p.m. CDT, Monday, June 27, 2011

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department was one of several agencies throughout Missouri that participated in the Missouri Heat is On for Summer Campaign over the weekend.

From 6 a.m. Saturday to 6 a.m. Sunday, the police department focused its enforcement of traffic on Interstate 70. Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said the department made 121 traffic stops. Other results include:

  • 118 tickets for speeding
  • One ticket and one warning for not wearing a seat belt
  • One warning for no vehicle registration
  • Three tickets for following another vehicle too closely

Traffic Unit Sgt. Curtis Perkins said more traffic stops were made this year compared to last year’s 24-hour I-70 enforcement project.

Stroer said officers were looking for traffic violations, unsafe driving and passengers who were speeding and not wearing seat belts.

Over the last several years, Perkins said there has been a steady drop in the number of fatal crashes in Missouri.

“Enforcement is part of the reason those numbers are going down,” Perkins said. 

So far this year, Perkins said there have been zero fatal car crashes within the Columbia city limits. Overall, Missouri has had 288 fatal car accidents this year as of June 19.

Perkins said this effort was one of many traffic details the police department plans to conduct this year. He said drivers can expect a traffic detail on July 4 on I-70 as well as Highway 63.

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