Cole County, Jefferson City to start DWI enforcement this weekend
JEFFERSON CITY - The Cole County Sheriff's Department said it would increase DWI enforcement starting Friday and lasting through Sept. 7.
The sheriff's office said the enforcement corresponds to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration's "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
Deputies said the office was awarded traffic grants to fund personnel, fuel and supplies for sobriety checkpoints, DWI enforcement and hazardous moving violations.
Cole County Sheriff Greg White said, "Enforcement efforts like this are high visibility and visibility is a deterrent. We hope to continue lowering the traffic and alcohol related death counts in Cole County. We want everyone to enjoy the end of summer and the start of the new school year and not have to suffer the loss of a loved one."
Deputies said there had been 427 traffic deaths in Missouri through July 23, 2015, and increase from 402 at the same time in 2014.
The checkpoints are funded by the Missouri Division of Highway Safety and use paid deputies, volunteer deputies and hazmat personnel.
Jefferson City Police will also begin its "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign Friday through the Labor Day holiday.