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April 27, 2012
The Northwest Missouri State University Police Department conducted a sobriety checkpoint Friday, April 20, at West Seventh Street, near Parking Lot 20, that was aimed at reducing the number of impaired drivers.
University police officers stopped a total of 85 cars. One driver was asked to perform field sobriety tests and did so successfully. Five traffic citations were issued for offenses including no valid driver’s license and no proof of insurance.
The University Police Department issued a survey to all individuals who passed through the sobriety checkpoint. University Police Chief Clarence Green said the survey results indicated that individuals stopped at the checkpoint thought they were treated professionally, the time of the stop was adequate and University Police should conduct additional checkpoints in the future.
“University Police would like to thank the campus community for their support,” Green said.
Green also noted that Safe Rides Home, a transportation program for Northwest students, saw an increase of more than 50 passengers per night since Northwest announced University Police planned to conduct sobriety checks during the month of April.
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.
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.
Northwest funded 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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