Sobriety checkpoints planned in Marion County

Posted: Aug. 6, 2014 12:26 pm Updated: Aug. 20, 2014 1:15 pm

MARION COUNTY, Mo. -- The Missouri State Highway Patrol will conduct sobriety checkpoints in Marion County throughout August.

Area law enforcement agencies will assist troopers with the Highway Patrol.

"Driving while intoxicated continues to be a major contributing factor of traffic crashes in Missouri," said Capt. James E. Wilt, commanding officer of the Highway Patrol Troop B, which covers a 16-county area. "Sobriety checkpoints are another means of detecting and removing the alcohol-impaired driver from our highways."

In July, the Highway Patrol set up sobriety checkpoints in Marion, Monroe, Ralls, Shelby, Adair and Linn counties.

Eight arrests were made on the four days that the checkpoints were in place -- three on drunken-driving charges and five on misdemeanor drug charges. Fifteen traffic citations were issued, and 93 warnings were written. Four citations were issued for exceeding the speed limit or seat belt violations. Two were cited for hazardous moving violations, and five were cited for insurance violations.