COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department will step up its DWI enforcement with the approach of the holiday season.
As part of the police department's Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign, the police intend to crack down on drunken driving Dec. 10 to 16, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. The focus of the campaign is to reduce injuries and deaths on the roadways.
More than 200 people were killed in 2011 from accidents that involved drunken driving, according to the news release. An impaired driver who causes a fatal crash can be charged with the felony crime of involuntary manslaughter, a fine of $5,000 or both.
Even without causing a fatal crash or accident, those convicted of driving while impaired can face the loss of their license, up to a $5,000 fine and a possible seven year prison sentence, according to the news release. The severity of the penalty is contingent upon the number of convictions.
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