JEFFERSON CITY, MO - There are no excuses for driving drunk. The consequences are known: fines, jail time or even death.
As you prepare for your New Year's Eve, top your list with a designated driver. The Missouri Department of Transportation wants to remind those who plan to drink alcohol to designate a sober driver or call a cab.
Statewide, law enforcement is on the lookout for impaired drivers. Many municipalities will be shoring up their patrols with a focus on intoxicated drivers.
"Don't become a New Year's Eve statistic," said Dave Nichols, MoDOT director. "Last year, 12 people were killed and 63 were seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes over the New Year's holiday."
Nichols noted that four of the fatalities and 11 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.
"We are making a special effort to reach motorists with reminders to plan ahead if they're going to drink tonight," Nichols said. "This is a time of celebration, but it's also a time to use forethought and common sense."
Light snow is also forecasted for many parts of the state over the next 24 hours, adding to the need for caution when operating a vehicle.