Local police will be out
in full force as part of the annual nationwide August/Labor Day
Crackdown weekend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over”
substance-impaired driving crackdown. The crackdown, which will
include high-visibility enforcement throughout Belton, will run from
August 19-September 5, 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 over the August/labor Day weekend holiday.
The 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 too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National
Highway Traffic 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 of
Police James Person. “Preliminary data indicates in 2015, 196
people were killed and 663 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 1-3/4 days and one substance-impaired driving
serious injury every ½ day.
Chief Person added the
August/labor Day Weekend holiday is particularly dangerous. During
the August/Labor Day weekend holiday August 21 – September 7, 2015,
five(5) people were killed and fifty-three(53) seriously injured
involving at least one substance-impaired driver.
“Research has shown
everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea.
Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impaired your
ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgement
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
choose 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 job. When family, friends and co-workers find out,
violators also often 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