Police in Columbia, Missouri are stepping up enforcement of DWIs as part of the “You Drink & Drive. You Lose.” campaign.
Between August 19th and September 5th, the Columbia Police Department arrested 28 drivers for driving while intoxicated (DWI). Fifteen of the 28 arrests were made on August 26th at a checkpoint in the 700 block of South College Avenue. A total of 484 vehicles went through that checkpoint alone.
Based on the checkpoint location, the police department was clearly targeting college students, which are easy targets on a Friday night in Columbia.
Funding for the checkpoints came from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety. The funds paid overtime costs for Columbia’s DWI Enforcement Unit and other police officers.
During these checkpoints, many times police officers are in a rush and make multiple mistakes during the field sobriety tests and the implied consent warnings for the breathalyzer test.
It is important to call a Missouri DWI attorney right away if you were arrested during these checkpoints. The attorney will be able to evaluate your case and determine whether the officer violated your rights.