Columbia Police Prepare for New Year's

7 years 8 months 3 weeks ago Friday, December 31 2010 Dec 31, 2010 Friday, December 31, 2010 6:19:18 PM CST December 31, 2010 in News
COLUMBIA - With so many people celebrating the new year Friday night, Columbia police officers plan to use a variety of methods to keep the city safe. Officers say the DWI and Downtown Units will be in full force.

Lt. Tim Moriarity oversees the traffic division of Columbia police which includes the DWI Unit. Moriarity said the unit plans to have a big night, but he acknowledged that many people in Columbia use sober drivers on this holiday. He said to not expect any road blocks or sober checkpoints. Instead, the specially trained officers will be looking for other tell-tale signs of drunk driving.

In Jefferson City, Lt. Eric Wilde advised local media that their police department will be on patrol tonight for drunk driving. He said they are working a grant from MODOT, and encouraged everyone to plan ahead with a designated driver.


An officer with the downtown Columbia unit said New Year's eve is usually relatively calm in Columbia since all of the college students are gone.  Sgt. Chris Kelley believes New Year's Eve is no way near as chaotic as a typical home MU football weekend. Kelley thinks the collaboration of law enforcement and bar owners makes the holiday less stressful on his part. Overall, he feels optimistic that this evening will be safe.

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