Police focus on drunken driving as part of statewide campaign

Tuesday, March 20, 2012 | 4:41 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Eight intoxicated drivers were arrested by the Columbia Police Department during a statewide crackdown last week. 

The crackdown, lasting from March 12 to Sunday, was part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, according to a news release from Columbia police . Officers worked overtime and focused on removing intoxicated drivers from the roads. 

As part of the effort, the police, along with officers from the Hallsville Police Department and Boone County Sheriff's Department, supervised a sobriety checkpoint on Clark Lane near the U.S. 63 Connector. The checkpoint started before midnight on March 16 and lasted until 2:45 a.m on March 17. 

At the checkpoint, 114 motorists were stopped and the following arrests were made:

  • 6 driving while intoxicated
  • 1 felony possession of a controlled substance for cocaine
  • 1 misdemeanor possession of a controlled substance for marijuana
  • 1 misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia
  • 1 deceiving an officer
  • 2 warrants
  • 2 summons for driving while suspended
  • 1 summons for no insurance
  • 2 summons for no operator's license
  • 4 traffic stops for avoiding the checkpoint

At other times during the crackdown, 14 additional traffic stops were made, according to the release. This included two arrests for driving while intoxicated and one arrest for a warrant and driving while suspended. 

There are ways to avoid things like speed traps, red light cameras and checkpoints.

Apps are sold in the Apple App Store and the Android Market that warn drivers about these things. Apple has apps called Buzzed and Checkpointer while Android offers Checkpoint Wingman and Mr. DUI.

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