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"Drive Sober or get Pulled Over" Campaign

Belton Police’s Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign Joins National Crackdown
To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

“Drive Sober or get Pulled Over” Campaign Will target Substance-Impaired Drivers.
 

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance –impaired driving crackdown. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Belton, will run from May 5-16, 2016.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

Belton Police Department said its officers will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statists from the National Highway Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.

“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief James Person. “In 2015, 178 people were killed and 605 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.” That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every (2) two days.

Chief Person added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 1-12, 2015, four (4) people were killed and eighteen (18) seriously injured involving at one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.

Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Belton’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” said Chief Person.

“We want to remind to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Chief Person said.

Chief Person noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance-impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver’s license, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also face tremendous personal embarrassment.

“Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so “drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Chief Person.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or www.saveMOlives.com.


Emergenccy Notification System

Cass County Emergency Notification system is a free service provided by the Cass County Emergency Services Board through Everbridge.  This service alerts our citizens of severe weather events, environmental or man-made disasters, search and rescue operations, and major crime incidents in their immediate area.  Citizens will be notified of such emergencies via a recorded message on their landline, wireless phone, text message, or email.  The messages will only be sent by an authorized 9-1-1 Dispatcher.  We recommend all citizens enroll individually to ensure notifications are received on each device correctly.  For example, a family of four will create four accounts - one for each member who wants to receive notifications.


Cass County Emergency Notification System is transitioning from the current system CodeRED to Everbridge effective immediately.  If you have signed up for weather notifications through CodeRED, you will need to sign up with Everbridge to continue your weather notifications.  Everbridge enrollment is open now.  There are two ways you can sign up for notifications.  You can set up an account on our website at www.casscountyesb.com or call Robin Tieman at 816-887-1953, if you do not have internet connectivity.  

Frequently Asked Questions 

What is the Emergency Notification System?

This service allows you to opt-in to receive notifications via phone calls, text messaging, email and more based on locations you care about. You can choose to receive notifications about events that may affect your home, workplace, family's schools and more. 

When will it be used?

This system will be used to notify you about imminent threats to health and safety as well as informational notifications that affect your locations or work environments. Administrators will send notifications regarding severe weather, flooding, gas leaks, police activity and more. 

Will I still get emergency notifications if I don't sign up?

If you have a landline phone, you will receive notifications.  If you only have a cell phone you will not receive notifications unless you create a username and password and select the notifications you want to receive.  

What if my phone number or email address changes?

The system is only as good as the information you provide. If your contact information changes, you can always visit your profile and update your information or contact the system administrator Robin Tieman at 816-887-1953. 

Will my contact information be shared with others?

No. The information that you provide will be used only for this Organization for notification purposes. We will not give or sell your contact or location information to any vendor or other organization.

Why does each family member need their own account?

Each family member needs their own account, selecting which notifications to receive, because once the system contacts one phone, text, or email, the system does not continue to contact all methods.  If an individual puts their cell phone, home phone, and work email as the preferred method of delivery, once the system contacts the cell phone with the message it does not contact the home phone or email.  It only contacts each method if there is no answer or acknowledgement.   


Crime Data

The police departments crime and incident data is now being sent to the city's GIS system and can be viewed at the following location (link). 

Belton's GIS System
 
Internet Explorer or other compatible Silverlight browser must be used. Once the disclaimer is accepted, the application will load.  In the left pane, the police layers are located under the data section.  All layers may be loaded (longer loading times) or specific ones may be chosen.  A base map may also be chosen from the bottom of the left pane.  To search for incidents for a date range, right click on one of the types of crime and use the advanced filter.

Inquires about additional functionality of the GIS system should be directed to Ryan Vaughn at Belton City Hall.

Social Networking Media Response Policy

Currently the Belton Police Department does not regularly monitor Social Networking Media such as Facebook, Twitter or Youtube nor does the department normally respond to calls for service sent via email. If police services are needed, call 911 in case of an emergency or 816.331.1500 for non-emergency related calls. There should be no expectation of police response to requests sent by any Social Networking Media

 

 


 

 



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