Columbia police work to prevent drunken driving deaths

Tuesday, December 4, 2012 | 4:47 p.m. CST; updated 6:29 p.m. CST, Tuesday, December 4, 2012

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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Richard Saunders December 4, 2012 | 6:00 p.m.

Oh, we're talking about focus now, huh? Here's what I see.

The focus of the campaign is to pad law enforcements last three years of salary with as much easy overtime as possible in order to pad their upcoming pensions.

Oh, and to further train the sheeple to submit to unreasonable searches and seizures.

In other words, a "Win-Win" for them.

The Nazis would be proud. They play, we pay.

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Corey Parks December 4, 2012 | 9:17 p.m.

Sounds about right.

Has anyone ever went through one of those traffic stops? I am always wondering why they ask for ID from everyone in the car and not just the driver. What did I do that requires them to check on me? Considering I was not drunk or driving I would assume nothing.

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