Sobriety checkpoints to begin Aug. 17

The Cole County Sheriff’s Department will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols Aug. 17-Sept. 3.

Authorities said impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities.

In 2011, 220 people were killed and 902 seriously injured in crashed involving an impaired driver.

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