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Columbia Missourian

Police to increase drunk-driving enforcement during holidays

By Peter Marek
December 23, 2013 | 5:50 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department will be increasing the number of officers on patrol to catch drunk drivers during the holidays.

Traffic Unit Supervisor Sgt. Curtis Perkins said the Police Department will have anywhere from two to five extra officers on the weekends and on the nights of the holidays. The increased enforcement will last through Jan. 2, 2014.

In a news release, the department reminds residents that the consequences of impaired driving as follows:

Traffic crashes resulted in 216 alcohol-related deaths and 52 drug-related deaths in 2012, according to Capt. Tim Hull of the Missouri State Highway Patrol.