Cedar Rapids Police Stop More Than 50 Cars at Safety Checkpoint

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By Liz Blood

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - Several Cedar Rapids Police Officers spent their Friday night at a traffic safety checkpoint on the city's SW side.

It started at 11 p.m. and lasted several hours in the 4600 block of 6th Street. Police say they stopped and inspected 53 vehicles. They made 2 operating while intoxicated arrests, 1 possesion of a controlled substance arrest and another arrest for possesion of drug paraphernalia. They also issued several tickets for insurance, no driver's license and seat belt violations. Along with numerous warnings for equipment and registration violations.

A grant from the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau funded the extra enforcement officers to look for intoxicated drivers and other violations. Police Chief Wayne Jerman told TV9 these checkpoints are a tool the bureau uses to reduce alcohol related crashes.

The traffic safety checkpoint is part of a national campaign from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This is one of several focused enforcement checkpoints throughout the year.
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