The Columbus Police Department, the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Office, The Mississippi Highway Patrol and the Columbus-Lowndes Drug Task Force will team up for several Safety-Sobriety Checkpoints on New Year’s Eve.
The exact locations of the checkpoints will not be announced in advance, and neither will the exact times of the additional enforcement.
“Our purpose is simple,” said Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton. “Follow the law and don’t drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Impaired driving is illegal and unsafe for everyone on the road.”
Shelton said the officers will have zero tolerance for violations of driving under the influence.
“If you are on the road and in control of a vehicle while under the influence, you will go to jail,” Shelton said. “You are endangering countless innocent people that share the road with you and our first obligation is to protect the public. Have someone else to drive you home and then get your car the next day. We don’t want to take anyone to jail, but we will enforce the law.”
All four agencies are sending extra officers to staff the checkpoints.