Extra traffic patrols planned this weekend in Columbia

March 14, 2014 

— Columbia’s Traffic Safety Unit will be operating more patrols and setting up roving check points this weekend to reduce the risk of traffic collisions, acting police chief Melron Kelly said on Friday.

The city is focusing on areas of the city with a history of high speeding and DUI incidents with a special emphasis on Saturday night into Sunday morning.

All vehicles entering check points will be stopped, the CPS said. Officers will be checking for valid driver’s license, possible driver impairment, proper seat belt use, proper use of child restraints when applicable and other violations that may be visible.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said no additional enforcement actions are planned for this weekend. No word yet from Lexington County on possible additional patrols during a weekend of St. Patrick’s Day celebrations including the festival in Five Points on Saturday.

-- Rachael Myers Lowe

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