Captain Michael A. Turner, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, announced the results of a DWI sobriety checkpoint conducted in Morgan County.

Preliminary statistics indicate at least 31 alcohol-related traffic crashes occurred in Morgan County in 2015, resulting in four fatalities and 17 injuries. The checkpoint was conducted from 11 p.m. on August 13, 2016, to 3 a.m. on August 14, 2016, on U.S. Highway 50, east of the Lamine River at the Conservation Access Road.

A total of 298 vehicles were checked during this operation. Troopers made the following enforcement contacts:

1 -- Misdemeanor DWI arrest
1 -- Felony DWI arrest
1 -- No driver’s license summons
2 -- Driving while suspended/revoked arrests
1 -- Misdemeanor warrant arrest
1 -- Felony warrant arrest
1 -- No insurance summons
4 -- Misdemeanor drug arrests
1 -- Felony drug arrest
8 -- Warnings issued

“The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 26 percent of all Missouri fatal crashes." stated Captain Turner. "The Missouri State Highway Patrol is very serious about removing the impaired driver from our roadways. If drinking is a part of your plans, choose a sober designated driver."

The only 100 percent survivable traffic crash is the one that never happens. Make sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Every day as we travel on Missouri’s roadways, we trust that every driver on the road is going to obey the speed limit, pay attention, and drive sober. “Don’t Violate The Trust.”

Randy Kirby