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Tickets issued during checkpoint

Thursday, August 16, 2007

THAYER -- Thayer Police Chief Frank Bernard said the sobriety checkpoint held Aug. 3 and 4 was a success.

This was a widespread effort that included Phelps, Texas and Howell Counties and U.S. 63 that runs through the city of Thayer.

The police chief said in all, 86 vehicles were stopped and several arrests were made.

Bernard said three driving while intoxicated arrests were made; two minor in possession arrests; two driving while suspended arrests; and two uninsured motorists arrests.

"We also made two arrests for possession of marijuana and one arrest for possession of drug paraphernalia," Bernard said.

The police chief said 19 speeding tickets were also issued. Two tickets were given for careless and imprudent driving and one for no seatbelt.

Bernard said his officers will be participating in the Missouri law enforcement campaign "You Drink & Drive You Lose" Aug. 17 through Sept. 3.

"Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. In 2006, 273 people in Missouri were killed in crashes involving alcohol. Enforcement efforts like this one help to take impaired drivers off the road and make travel in Missouri safer," the police chief said.

Bernard said the extended effort by his department will hopefully reduce injuries and deaths as a result of traffic crashes.

The upcoming campaign is sponsored by MoDOT in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Bernard did not give details on the "You Drink & Drive You Lose" campaign regarding whether if his officers would be setting up sobriety checkpoints like they did earlier this month, but he did confirm his office would be participating in the effort.

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