Law enforcement to target drunk drivers in Missouri and Kansas

Bars will be full for St. Patrick's Day and NCAA Tournament

Marc LaVoie
March 17, 2017 - 4:49 am
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Police in the Kansas City area say St. Patrick's Day revelers who plan on drinking need to find a safe way to get home, and officers will be watching for the ones who get behind the wheel.

Law enforcement officers in Kansas City, Jackson County and Independence are all setting up drunk driving checkpoints Friday night and Saturday.

Checkpoints are an effective way of deterring impaired driving, said Sgt. Danny Barnes, supervisor of the Jackson County Sheriff's Office's Traffic and DWI enforcement unit.

"The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Centers for Disease Control indicate that sobriety checkpoints are the most effective when it comes to deterrants," Barnes said. "The research that's been done shows that, of all the enforcement methods, sobriety checkpoints have the greatest effect on reducing crash numbers."

Officers in Olathe, Overland Park, and Mission all plan on running saturation patrols looking for any drivers who might be weaving or speeding in their towns Friday night.