St. Patrick's Day drinks land motorists in the clink

Mid-Missouri authorities increased their patrols over the weekend to crack down on impaired drivers.

Too many drinks landed some St. Patrick's Day weekend revelers in the clink.

Mid-Missouri authorities increased their patrols over the weekend to crack down on impaired drivers.

"There is a history of partying on St. Patrickâ??s Day, but not a history of planning for a sober driver," Cole County Sheriff Greg White said. "Increased enforcement is necessary to arrest impaired drivers."

Out of 138 traffic stops, Cole County deputies arrested three for driving while intoxicated and two for driving with a suspended license. Eight people were issued summons for speeding and one for a narcotics violations. One Cole County bar that remained open after hours was issued two citations.

Troop F of the Missouri State Highway Patrol set up a checkpoint in Cole County Saturday. Out of 158 vehicles stopped, there were three arrests for driving while intoxicated. There were two seat belt violations, one non-moving offense, three driver's license violations and 20 warnings. Authorities also arrested one person for a misdemeanor warrant and made four misdemeanor drug arrests.

A second checkpoint was set up by Troop F in Boone County. It included: one DWI arrest, two speeding offenses, two seat belt violations, two driver's license violations and one non-moving offense. There was also one misdemeanor drug arrest, one felony arrest and a misdemeanor criminal arrest.

A stolen vehicle was also recovered through the Boone County checkpoint.

From Thursday to Sunday, Columbia police arrested six intoxicated drivers. Two of the arrests were made at a sobriety checkpoint in the 4300 block of Clark Lane, while the other four were made during traffic stops.

The Clark Lane checkpoint, which was funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation -Traffic & Highway Safety Division, was set up before midnight Saturday. Before it concluded at about 2:45 a.m., 368 vehicles were stopped. Three minors were found in possession of alcohol. There were also two misdemeanor possessions of a controlled substance and one summons for driving with a suspended license.

At the time of a release Tuesday from the Cole County Sheriff's Department, there had been 102 statewide fatalities in 2013, compared to 159 during the same time period in 2012.

"We hope to continue lowering the traffic and alcohol related death counts in Cole County. We want everyone to enjoy spring activities and not have to suffer the loss of a loved one," White said.