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St. Louis County Stepping Up Sobriety Checkpoints in August

Police officers will be checking motorists in an effort to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on the streets and highways.

The St. Louis County Police Highway Safety Unit and officers from the Division of Patrol will be conducting sobriety checkpoints throughout the month of August, 2012, according to a news release from the department. Specially trained officers will be checking motorists in an effort to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on our streets and highways. Inconvenience to motorists will be minimal.

The officers participating in the enforcement have had additional training in the recognition of motorists who have had too much to drink or are under the influence of illegal drugs, according to the release. Officers also will issue citations for seat belt and other violations.

"Removing intoxicated drivers from our roadways is a high priority for the ," said Chief Tim Fitch, in the release. "The use of checkpoints has been proven to be an effective method to accomplish this goal."

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