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July 2, 2014

Columbia Police to conduct safety checkpoints over holiday weekend

The Columbia Police Department will conduct safety checkpoints throughout Columbia over the holiday week and weekend.

The Columbia Police Department will conduct safety checkpoints throughout Columbia over the holiday week and weekend.

The Traffic Safety Unit will increase patrols, conduct DUI and speed enforcement in various locations including a major Interstate, hospitality areas and parts of North and South Columbia.

These areas were selected based on traffic violations that have occurred including DUI and speeding incidents, and in an effort to reduce traffic collisions.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the University of South Carolina’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety will assist CPD in the overall effort.

Every vehicle that enters the checkpoint will be stopped

Officers will check drivers for:

* Valid driver’s license

* Possible Impairment

* Seat belt Use

* Proper child restraints (when applicable)

* Any other violations of law that may be observed.

Safety Tips:

* Find a designated driver if you are planning to consume alcohol

* Wear your seat belt

* Obey the rules of the road

* Do not speed

* Stay alert

* Do not text and drive

Drivers are encouraged to call 9-1-1 if they suspect that a driver is impaired.

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