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Boone County Sheriff's Department to crack down on impaired drivers

Monday, December 5, 2011 | 10:24 a.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department will continue efforts to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season, according to a department news release.

A holiday campaign begins Monday and goes through Dec. 12. The department will schedule additional deputies to conduct DWI saturation points, the release stated. 

During a similar crackdown on Dec. 9, 2010, eight arrests were made and one summons was issued after the department stopped approximately 40 vehicles.

In 2010, 240 people were killed and 962 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver, the release stated. Because of these statistics, the department is joining other Missouri law enforcement agencies in the crackdown on impaired driving.

The campaign will be funded by grants from the Missouri Safety Center and the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint Friday night through Saturday morning in the 3600 block of Vawter School Road, according to a department news release.

"Anytime we remove impaired drivers from the road, it's a success," said Maj. Tom Reddinof the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

During the checkpoint, 147 vehicles were checked, and the following arrests were made:

  • six misdemeanor arrests for driving while intoxicated — alcohol
  • one misdemeanor arrest for driving while intoxicated — drugs
  • two arrests for driving with a suspended or revoked license
  • two arrests for adult liquor law violations
  • one arrest for a drug violation 

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