JEFFERSON CITY - During the winter holidays the Missouri State Highway Patrol knows that many Missouri drivers will make the conscious mistake of driving impaired so, law enforcement will make a strong effort to reduce the damage from their actions. A person be arrested for driving under the influence of alocohol, illegal drugs, marijuana, other controlled substances, or even prescription medication.
A substance- impaired driving arrest could cost thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and lawyer fees, or worse yet - could cost someone's life!
This year's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility crackdown will run through Sept. 7.
Statewide, police made 314 DWI arrests,
27 DUI drug arrests, 11 drug influence arrests and 127 MIP's during just the Labor Day campaign in 2014.
Nationally, on average, one person will die every 34 minutes in an impaired driving crash over the Labor Day period, that's a lot of lives that could be saved.
Said Bill Whitfield, executive chair to the MO Coalition for Roadway Safety. "In 2014, 197 people were killed, 703 seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver"
Learn how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com, or follow social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO