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.