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DWI TASK FORCE HITS THE STREETS OF JOPLIN - KOAM TV 7

DWI TASK FORCE HITS THE STREETS OF JOPLIN

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"Do you have your drivers license and proof of financial responsibility?" says a Joplin police officer.

A Joplin police officer questions a driver at a mobile DWI checkpoint, the department is hoping to stop those who are drinking and driving.

"Alright you haven't had anything to drink, no narcotics anything like that" says the officer.

DWI officer Shelby Howard says this unit moves from location to location, throughout the night.

"It's different, it's low man power, it doesn't take the resources that it takes to put on a big DWI check point like we would in other locations, but we are more visible, changes things up a bit, keeps people guessing so to speak" says Howard.

"I'm trying to come home from a ball park, I'm running low on gas and I've got the hassle of being stopped for nothing, I don't like this kind of stuff, if they need to catch somebody, go out and catch them" says driver Martin O'Toole.

"I don't drink so it doesn't bother me any, if they can keep the people off the street that do, the better off we'll all be" says driver GInger Sweet.

"If there are drunks I don't want them driving with me" says driver Howard Hoover.

The force stopped 655 cars, arresting one driver for a DWI and a passenger for a minor in possession. Six traffic tickets were written and three arrests were made. Officers also found open containers, in a vehicle.

"The National Highway Safety Administration puts out statistics every year and it is known that the average DWI offender does it about 80 times a year, obviously they don't get caught 80 times a year that's why they continue to do it" says Howard.

Joplin police officials say that having these DWI checkpoints is a way to let drivers know that the police are out and they will catch you if you're drinking and driving.

"If you're going to drink and drive, we will be here to get you, we have zero tolerance in the city and zero tolerance where ever the task force goes. If you're going to make that choice, it's obviously a bad choice, but if you do make the choice we are going to be here and we are going to take you to jail" says Howard.

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