Four drunk drivers were taken off the road by a sobriety checkpoint conducted by the Neosho Police Department over the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Sgt. Bradley Fienen reported 703 vehicles were checked as they traveled through the checkpoint between 9 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, and 1:30 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 31, on U.S. 60 at Oak Ridge Drive, with assistance from the Newton County Sheriff’s Office and M.A.D.D.
Fienen said he and the department thank the public for their understanding and patience, explaining that the effort is focused on minimizing the amount of impaired drivers on the roadways and to protect the motoring public through awareness and enforcement combined.
“We let them know who we are, that we are there for a sobriety checkpoint,” he said. “We ask them for a driver’s license, insurance card, and then talk to them and see if they have been drinking.”
Fienen advised that most drivers are stopped for less than one minute.
After arresting four people for DWI, Fienen classified the effort as successful.
“If we get one it’s successful,” he said. “If we don’t get any it’s successful, because we’ve got the word out that it’s not tolerated and we need to put a stop to it.”
In addition to the four DWI arrests, Fienen said 27 people coming through the checkpoint were ticketed. He said most of those tickets were for not having a driver’s license or having a license suspended or revoked, or for not having insurance on their vehicle.
Two people were arrested on pending warrants, and the checkpoint stopped three juveniles in possession of alcohol.
The sobriety checkpoint was funded by a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division.