Columbia police announce Friday night traffic checkpoints

rlowe@thestate.comJune 20, 2014 

— In an effort to cut down on traffic collisions, the Columbia Police will have traffic check points erected throughout the city from Friday night through Saturday morning, Chief Skip Holbrook announced Friday.

Areas will be targeted based on the past frequency of violations such as speeding tickets and DUI arrests and the number of vehicles that normally travel in and through an area. I-126 and north Columbia are two areas of the city that will get increased police attention, Holbrook said in a news release.

All vehicles entering into a check point will be stopped. Drivers will have to produce a valid drivers license and will be screened for impaired driving, seatbelt use, proper child restraints as applicable.

Drivers were encouraged to find a designated driver if you are out drinking, use your seatbelt, don’t text and drive, and don’t speed.

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