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March 29, 2012
The Northwest Missouri State University Police Department plans to conduct sobriety checkpoints during the month of April at various campus locations aimed at reducing the number of crashes caused by impaired drivers.
The checkpoints will involve briefly stopping traffic to check for drivers who may be intoxicated. Impaired drivers will be arrested, while others will be allowed to proceed after a short delay.
“While members of the campus community might be delayed for a short period of time, these checkpoints have been successful in getting intoxicated drivers off the streets,” University Police Chief Clarence Green said. “Should you come upon one of these checkpoints, your cooperation and patience will be appreciated.”
Alcohol is not permitted on the Northwest campus. If students choose to drink, Northwest encourages them to make responsible, safe and healthy decisions, and know the consequences of drinking too much.
Additionally, Northwest encourages students to use its Safe Rides Home transportation program if they plan to consume alcohol. The free transportation program operates during evening and early morning hours Wednesday through Sunday, providing rides to and from locations within Maryville’s city limits. Students may obtain a ride by calling 660.562.1245 and presenting a Bearcat Card.
Northwest is funding the checkpoint initiative with a $2,000 grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation and through its participation in Missouri Partners in Prevention (PIP), a collaborative effort of campus and communities to address alcohol and drug abuse.
Mark Hornickel, Media Relations Specialist
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