Carthage Police Department DWI Checkpoint

Published 04/17 2014 05:21PM

Updated 04/17 2014 07:34PM

CARTHAGE, MO.--- The Southwest Missouri DWI Task Force is gearing up for their first Carthage DWI checkpoint of the year. A Grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division allows Carthage police to hold the checkpoint. It will take place this weekend as a way to focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers. Officers say they feel like they're doing a public service when checkpoints take place.

"I think that the time we spend as officers at these checkpoints trying to reduce these DWI's, DWI's are very important to keep off the street, I feel like we've done a good job," said Lt. Josh Cahoon, Carthage Police Department. 

Officers also concentrate on other violations at the checkpoints, like not having a driver's license or not wearing a seat belt.

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