Sobriety checkpoints being set up ahead of the holiday weekend

Sobriety checkpoints being set up ahead of the holiday weekend

JACKSON, MO (KFVS) - Many law enforcement agencies will be watching closely for drunk drivers over the fourth of July weekend.

The Jackson Police Department and the Southeast Missouri DWI Task Force will get a one week head start.

Both agencies will be conducting sobriety checkpoints on Saturday, June 27. The exact locations of these checkpoints are not specified, but a news release from the city of Jackson said drivers can only expect a minimal delay.

In 2013, 219 people were killed and 3,308 were injured on Missouri roadways in crashes involving alcohol and drugs, according to Jackson police.

Police said intoxicated driving is under-reported as a contributing factor.

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