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Law Enforcement Officers to Crack Down on Drunk Drivers During Campaign

During the Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, which starts tomorrow, officers will conduct DWI enforcement programs including DWI saturations and sobriety checkpoints.  Sgt. Jason Pace says driving under the influence can be deadly…

"According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 more than 10,000 people were killed throughout the country where the driver had an illegal blood alcohol level of .08 or above.  In Missouri, of all the fatal traffic crashes in 2010 approximately 35% of these deaths involved drinking or drugs."

Pace says drinking and driving can lead to jail time, loss of your driver’s license, higher insurance rates, attorney fees and the potential loss of your job…

"Drinking and driving is simply not worth all the consequences. Even a little amount of alcohol can and will impair your ability to drive, so we just encourage, if alcohol is going to be a part of your plans, designate that sober driver and stay safe."

Pace says they hold these campaigns in a continued effort to promote safety on roadways.

He says these campaigns are often held over long holiday weekends such as Labor Day because there tends to be more accidents involving alcohol during these times.