Cole County Increases DWI Enforcement
COLE COUNTY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department plans to increase DWI enforcement this holiday season. According to a press release, the sheriff's department was awarded $22,248 in traffic grants for 2011-2012. $8,000 will fund five sobriety checkpoints, and $6,248 will pay for overtime for hazardous moving violations enforcement. The sheriff's department will use the last $8,000 for DWI enforcement.
During the holiday months, DWI funds will support additional patrols and sobriety checkpoints at undisclosed locations in the county.
The sheriff's department started their current sobriety checkpoint program in July 2006 with 15 checkpoints. The Missouri Division of Highway Safety funds the checkpoints.
The sheriff's department said that these types of enforcements reduce traffic deaths. Missouri traffic deaths declined to 821 in 2010 from 878 in 2009. 2010 also showed the lowest number of traffic fatalities in Missouri since 1950. Cole County has seen 5 alcohol related deaths so far in 2011.