UPDATE: Sgt Jared Delzell updates us Saturday they checked 1,022 vehicles and made 10 DWI arrests from the checkpoint. Friday night was a coordinated effort of the SWMO DWI Task Force with support from MADD volunteers. They will have a more detailed report this coming week.

JOPLIN, Mo. — Friday evening around 8:00 PM officers and support services began arriving to the intersection of East 7th and Illinois/Murphy Blvd. Setting up a rarely-seen DWI Checkpoint.

Sgt Jared Delzell of the Joplin Police Department tells us tonight is a coordinated effort of multiple agencies, SWMO DWI Task Force. Additionally stating that fatal crashes are up. And specifically crashes involving impaired drivers.

  • 2011 to 2015 there was one alcohol related fatality.
  • 2017 8 of 11 fatal crashes involved impaired drivers.
  • Last 4 years there have been 5 or more each year.

“Tonight the goal is about deterrence and visibility,” Sgt Delzell continues, “And of course if there is an impaired driver they will be arrested.”

SWMO DWI Taskforce is made of numerous agencies. Here tonight we observe; Carterville Police, Joplin Police, Jasper County Sheriff’s Deputies and others.

Also supporting the efforts behind the scenes are members of MADD.