Columbia Police Department to temporarily increase traffic enforcement

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 | 7:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department is increasing traffic enforcement, starting Wednesday through the holiday weekend, in an effort to keep the roads clear of intoxicated drivers, according to a Police Department news release.

The Police Department received a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division to help fund the operation with the  purpose of stopping inebriated drivers. Through Sunday, the department plans to have at least one DUI checkpoint within Columbia, the news release said. Drivers who encounter a sobriety checkpoint should expect minimum delays.

The Police Department also plans to increase saturation patrols in an effort to deter drunk driving, the news release said. Saturation patrols are a police tactic that involves having a large concentration of officers in a small, high-activity area.

Impaired driving contributes to more than 30 percent of traffic fatalities in Missouri, the news release said. In 2012, 244 people were killed and 3,800 people were injured in accidents involving impaired drivers.

Supervising editor is Mary Ryan.

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