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Holiday DWI Enforcement


Local police will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” on substance – impaired driving. The enforcement throughout Belton will run from December 18, 2015 – January 3, 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 Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown.

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 by alcohol and/or drugs.

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 and/or drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing impaired-driving epidemic.

“twenty-five percent of all Missouri motor vehicle traffic deaths in 2014 involved one or more substance-impaired driver or motorcycle operator,” said Chief James Person.  “197 fatalities and 724 serious injuries in 2014 involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That equates to one substance –impaired driving fatality every 1 ¾ days and one substance – impaired driving serious injury every ½ day.

Chief Person added the Holiday Weekend is particularly dangerous. During the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday in 2014, twenty five (25) people were killed and eighty one (81) seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes, From December 12, 2014 through January 1, 2015, there were 50 fatalities and 272 serious injuries, which seven (7) fatalities and forty-eight (48) serious injuries involved at least one substance impaired driver.

“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 everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired by alcohol and / or drugs is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does alcohol and /or drugs impair your ability to operate a vehicle safety, 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 choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested, No warnings. No excuses,” Chief Person said.

Chief Person noted that being arrested for driving impaired 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 a job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

Substance-impaired 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 or Get Pulled Over” , said Chief James Person.

For More information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over “Campaign Headquarters at WWW.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov  or www.saveMOlives.com.


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.

Promotions within the department
At the end of September 2015, the department was reorganized which prompted several promotions of personnel.  Congratulations to each on their new rank. Those promotions were as follows along with their new duties:

Sergeant to Lieutenant

B. Swanson            Operations
M. Davis                  Patrol Commander
V. Kurtz                   Investigations / School Resource Officers
T. George                Patrol Commander
N. Shriver                Information Technology

Corporal to Sergeant

M. Clark                   Patrol
S. Hornbeck            Patrol
J. Hasch                  Patrol
D. Davis                   Patrol

Patrol Officer to Corporal

B. Witherspoon      Patrol
M. Bruegge             Patrol
J. Baker                   Patrol

Again Congratulations.


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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