Each year in the state of Missouri, over 3,000 people are killed or injured in alcohol-related crashes. In efforts to improve the safety of Columbia roadways, the Columbia Police Department is stepping up enforcement on impaired driving between August 15, 2016 and August 21, 2016. Motorists can expect to encounter Sobriety Checkpoints and increased impaired driving saturation patrols during this time. These events are funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Division of Highway Safety. Those traveling the roadways in Columbia can expect minimal delays and the Columbia Police Department wishes to thank motorists in advance for their patience and cooperation.
Missouri law states a person commits the crime of driving while intoxicated if they operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, illicit drugs, and/or prescription medications, regardless of his/her blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Penalties range from loss of driving privileges, fines, and jail time on first offenses to involuntary manslaughter charges for crashes resulting in death. On average, a person is killed every 53 minutes in an alcohol related crash in the United States and every 2 minutes someone is injured as a result of an impaired driver.
The Columbia Police Department DWI Unit encourages use of alternatives to impaired driving through designated drivers, ride-sharing programs, and available public transportation.
"Call a friend, call an Uber, or hail a cab, just do not get behind the wheel of vehicle if you've been drinking" says Officer Clint Sinclair of the Columbia Police Department DWI Unit. "The effects of impaired driving can be far reaching and in some cases, tragic and devastating."