Local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide St. Patrick’s Day Holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high visibility enforcement throughout Belton, will run from March 14-17, 2015.
The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb drunk driving over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday.
Belton Police said its officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.
Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (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 drunk driving epidemic.
“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief James Person. “In 2013, 218 people were killed and 666 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in accidents that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.”
Chief Person added the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in 2014, 247 DWI arrests were made statewide. “Research has shown that high visibility enforcement like the’ Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces drunk 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 everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does drinking impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about where you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses,” Chief Person said.
Chief Person noted that being arrested from drunk driving brings a wide range of negative consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
“Drunk driving 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 of 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.