COLUMBIA – The Columbia Police Department will continue efforts to stop impaired drivers Sept. 19-25, according to a news release by the department.
Increases in enforcement will include at least one sobriety checkpoint thisweekend and increased saturation patrols, according to the release. These efforts are part of the "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" campaign aimed at stopping people from driving while intoxicated and are funded by a Missouri Department of Transportation grant.
There were 12 DWI arrests over the weekend, which is not an unusual number considering weekend activities such as the MU football game, Columbia traffic unit supervisor Curtis Perkins said.
Perkins said the checkpoints work well to catch impaired drivers. Last month a checkpoint stopped just under 500 cars and made 15 arrests, he said.
Drivers should expect minimal delays at the checkpoints. Perkins said the department tries to keep the delays around 5 minutes and will let traffic by if the delays take longer. The police would then resume the checkpoint once traffic has cleared up.
Perkins could not disclose the location or date of this weekend's checkpoint.