(KMOV.com) --The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department arrested more than a dozen people during a a mid-week sobriety checkpoint on Wednesday.
Deputies say out of 82 vehicles checked, 13 arrests were made, seven of them for driving while intoxicated. Four of the six other arrests were for drugs, while the other two were for outstanding felonies.
The checkpoing came about seven months after the county rejected state money to hold such an initiative.
Jefferson County Sheriff Glen Boyer said the mid-week checkpoints are just as effective as ones done on holiday weekends, and cost about half as much.
Deputies told News 4 the location of the checkpoint is based on state statistics that predict where the most serious accidents happen. But authorities say they can switch locations half way through the night if word gets out.
Another checkpoint is filed for Friday evening.
In October, The Jefferson County Council turned down $22,000 in grant money from the state for officers to operate DUI and safety checkpoints. The county changed its mind two months later, accepting money to operate the checkpoints during the holiday season.
According to statistics, Jefferson County has the fourth highest number of accidents that lead to death or disabling injuries.