Police enforcement to increase St. Patrick's Day weekend

    The Columbia Police Department is partnering with local and state authorities to increase law enforcement Mar. 16 and Mar. 17. (Columbia Police Department)<p>{/p}

    The Columbia Police Department is teaming up with local and state law enforcement agencies to increase enforcement of impaired drivers during St. Patrick's weekend.

    Motorists in Boone County should expect to see an increased presence of authorities focusing on impaired driving.

    If caught while driving under the influence, penalties can range from loss of driving privileges, fines, and jail time on first offenses to involuntary manslaughter charges for crashes resulting in death.

    "The effects of impaired driving can be far-reaching and, in some cases, tragic and devastating. We always encourage safe alcohol consumption and driving decisions year-round, especially during times of celebration, including St. Patrick’s Day," said Sgt. Clint Sinclair of the Columbia Police Department DWI Unit.

    The Columbia Police Department DWI Unit encourages the use of alternatives to impaired driving through designated drivers, ride-sharing, and public transportation.

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