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Road Patrols step up as Mizzou’s homecoming weekend gets underway

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office stepped up weekend patrols as Mizzou homecoming got underway Friday night.

The City of Columbia expects tens of thousands of people to descend on the city this weekend for the festivities.

“Homecoming is an exciting time, a lot of people are having fun and enjoying themselves and we don’t want to squash that at all,” said Sgt. Brian Leer. “We want people to have fun. We just want them to do it responsibly.”

The Boone County Sheriff’s Office along with other agencies will have DWI saturation patrols out all weekend.

A federal grant that went into effect at the beginning of this month will help fund these extra patrols. Deputies will work overtime so that normal shifts will not be impacted.

The sheriff’s office told ABC 17 News that in Boone County, and all across the country, crash rates go up in the month of October. These rates grow due to holidays like Halloween and events like college homecoming.

There are ways to have fun and play it safe at this weekend’s homecoming. Uber, taxi services and STRIPES for MU students are just some of the resources available to help people get home safe.

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