Police: Columbia safety checkpoint yields promising results

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Authorities said they were pleased with how a safety checkpoint went this weekend in downtown Columbia.

Deputy Chief Ruben Santiago with the Columbia Police Department said the 25 officers who were participating anticipated issuing more violations than they did. Overall, three DUI's were issued along with two driver's license violations.

The safety checkpoint took place between the 1,700 and 1,880 blocks of Blossom Street.

The Columbia Police Department partnered with the University of South Carolina's Carolina Community Coalition and several other agencies after receiving numerous complaints from the community about the targeted area. Deputy Chief Santiago said there was an increased number of alcohol-related accidents that led to fatalities and serious injuries along that stretch.

He said the idea behind the event was to let drivers know law enforcement does have a presence in the area and will not tolerate that activity.

Because of the success of the safety checkpoint, Deputy Chief Santiago said the department hopes to hold more in the future and to team with other agencies.

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