The Cole County Sheriff's Department ended its Friday sobriety checkpoint early due to rain, but still checked 601 cars and found 19 violations, including one DWI arrest.
The checkpoints were part of the statewide "Drink and Drive and Get Arrested" efforts and were in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT).
"Checkpoints like these are about high visibility and using high visibility as a deterrent against drunk drivers," Sheriff Greg White said. "When the drivers and passengers of those 601 cars went through, they knew, had they been drinking and driving, they would have been arrested, so the next time they drink, they, hopefully, won't get behind the wheel."
The checkpoint started a night of focused DWI enforcement that included DWI saturation enforcement throughout the county.