COLUMBIA —Police arrested six people on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol early Friday morning at a sobriety checkpoint on Broadway near West Boulevard, said Sgt. Curtis Perkins, supervisor of the Columbia Police Department's traffic unit.
Between midnight and 2:45 a.m., police stopped 152 cars. In addition to six DUI arrests, one arrest was made for suspicion of distributing imitation controlled substances, Perkins said.
He said he hopes that "enforcement, education and deterrence at the checkpoints are all factors that will help prevent people from drinking and driving" and lead to fewer DUI arrests in the future.
"Our concern is, can we remove the people who are making these choices from the roadway," Perkins said.
Columbia police worked overtime throughout the week of Sept. 19, participating in a statewide crackdown on drunken driving included in the ongoing You Drink & Drive, You Lose campaign.
Since 2007, Columbia police have monitored several checkpoints each year, Perkins said. The Missouri Division of Highway Safety provides grant money every year to fund increased enforcement efforts; the Columbia police department has applied for the funds again for the upcoming year, Perkins said. Data — including the number of DUI arrests and the number of injury accidents associated with driving while intoxicated — will determine whether the department receives the grant.