The Columbia Police Department Traffic Unit is increasing enforcement on I-70 during Spring Break to reduce traffic crashes. During last yearâ??s spring break, I-70 had the most crashes of any roadway in the City of Columbia. Police are also trapping speeders on Highway 63. Some of them were traveling more than 80 miles per hour in a 60 mile per hour zone.
Traffic Unit Supervisor Sgt. Curtis Perkins said, â??We have an officer on top of the ramps of the highways. They have laser units checking to see if people are driving too fast or following too closely. They radio officers in vehicles waiting on the ramps. The officer then goes and stops the vehicle.â??
A grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division is paying for the overtime for this Spring Break traffic enforcement.
There are a lot of people in Columbia in a big hurry to get out of town for Spring Break. However, Columbia police said they are catching speeders from all over the country. Officers stopped one motorist with Minnesota license plates.
Perkins said, â??Itâ??s more than just the people who live in Columbia. I-70 and Highway 63 run through Columbia. We have a lot of traffic that comes through town.â??
Perkins said you will have a safer Spring Break if you slow down, donâ??t be distracted with cell phones, wear your seatbelt and never drink and drive.