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Drunken-driving crackdown planned during St. Patrick's Day weekend

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | 9:58 p.m. CDT; updated 12:30 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, March 12, 2014

COLUMBIA — Law enforcement across the state will be on high alert to catch drunken drivers over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.

The Boone County Sheriff's Department began increasing its police presence and enforcement Tuesday as part of an effort to discourage people from driving under the influence, according to a department news release. This increased enforcement could include both saturation patrols and sobriety checkpoints in Boone County through Monday.

Along with the Sheriff's Department, the Columbia Police Department will also have a heavier presence this weekend as part of a nationwide crackdown on drunken driving, according to a police news release.

The Police Department will have officers working overtime from Friday through Monday. The increased enforcement will be paid for through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Cpl. Clark Parrott of the Missouri State Highway Patrol said that troops across the state will also have checkpoints set up.

"With this nice weather, we expect a lot of people to be out and about for the St. Patrick's Day weekend," Parrott said.

According to a news release from the Sheriff's Department, law-abiding motorists who are stopped at these checkpoints should expect minimal delays.

Supervising editor is Edward Hart.


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