Drinking and Driving
DWI patrols said they planned to patrol more heavily during the holiday weekend.
"We're out here protecting the public, making the roadways safer," Richard Hayden of the Jefferson City Police Department said. "It's just a speeding ticket here, but if you're busted for drinking and driving this is just the beginning."
Police said people are not always cooperative with authorities after being arrested for drinking and driving.
"We actually had a drunk one time take a data master and throw it across the room," Cole County Deputy Jim Flessa said. "This is kind of an eye opener too when they hear the machine."
Police said there were about 160 alcohol related deaths on Missouri roads last year before Labor Day. So far this year, police reported about 50 fewer deaths