None arrested during recent DWI checkpoint

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

On Saturday, Aug. 18, officers with the Monett Police Department, Barry County Sheriff's Office and the Missouri State Highway Patrol conducted a sobriety checkpoint in Monett as part of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide campaign.

During the operation, 340 vehicles were checked. No arrests were made for driving while intoxicated.

"Given all that was going on this weekend, we are pleased that drivers made the smart choice and did not drink and drive," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder.

"We feel that this operation served as a deterrent to drinking and driving," added Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly.

During the operation, 27 traffic summons were issued and one warrant arrest was made. Summonses were issued for: 18 individuals with no motor vehicle insurance; five people with no driver's license; and four persons driving with suspended licenses.

All agencies expressed appreciation to the Monett Fire Department for their assistance in setting up the checkpoint, and Little Caesar's Pizza, for providing food for all personnel.

The operation was funded through a grant from the Missouri Safety Center.

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