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August 22, 2014

Columbia Police Chief: Additional patrols and safety checkpoints slated for this weekend

Police will be out in numbers this weekend looking for drivers who may be under the influence or who are speeding, officials say.

Police will be out in numbers this weekend looking for drivers who may be under the influence or who are speeding, officials say.

Officers with the Columbia Police Department and members of its Traffic Safety Unit will be out on patrol or at designated checkpoints around Columbia, Chief Skip Holbrook said in a statement released Friday.

The locations, which will include a major interstate and parts of the region south of Columbia, were selected based on traffic violations in those areas. The stepped-up patrols are also meant to reduce collisions, Holbrook said.

Drivers may be checked for:

• A valid driver’s license
• Possible Impairment
• Seat belt use
• Proper child restraints
• Any other violations that may be observed

In addition, Holbrook had these tips to offer:

• 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 also encouraged to call 911 if they suspect another motorist is impaired.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol and the University of South Carolina’s Division of Law Enforcement and Safety will assist with the effort, Holbrook said.

Mindy Lucas

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