Law enforcement authorities in Independence and Gladstone arrested 20 people on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend.
In Independence, police conducted a special enforcement operation beginning with a saturation patrol that ran from 10 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday. Officers patrolled the city specifically looking for drunken drivers.
They also ran a checkpoint from 1 to 2:30 a.m. Saturday at Noland Road and 32nd Street.
Independence authorities arrested six people on suspicion of driving drunk. In addition to the DUI arrests, Independence police reported 14 hazardous moving violations, six drivers without valid licenses, 22 other traffic violations, 10 arrests based on outstanding warrants and four other arrests.
In Gladstone, the Missouri State Highway Patrol teamed with city police to conduct a checkpoint from 11 p.m. Saturday to 4 a.m. Sunday on U.S. 169 near Interstate 29.
Police stopped 676 cars and arrested 14 people on charges of drunken driving. In addition, three people were arrested on misdemeanor drug charges, one was arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia and another was arrested on an outstanding misdemeanor warrant.
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