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June 25, 2015 11:30 AM
Don't Lose Your Independence This Holiday
Law enforcement seeking impaired drivers over Independence Day holiday.

JEFFERSON CITY - If you're thinking about driving impaired this week, the red, white and blue flashing lights of your Independence Day holiday may be those of a patrol car - and the view of the fireworks is not so good from a local jail cell.

The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to substance-impaired driving crashes. Local law enforcement will be out in full force July 3-5 seeking impaired drivers through increased sobriety checkpoints, roving and saturation patrols, and other enforcement methods. There are no warnings and no excuses. If you drive impaired you will be arrested. Don't risk losing your independence by choosing to drink and drive.

"One fatality on our highways is too many, and there is no excuse for driving while you are impaired," said Colonel J. Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "Over the 2014 July holiday, troopers arrested 155 people who made the decision to drink and drive and put others at risk. If you're going to include alcohol in your holiday plans, choose a sober designated driver."

Often, people have a hard time recuperating financially from the cost of an arrest or the crash itself. Violators risk killing or harming others, face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommends these simple tips to avoid a drunk-driving disaster:

  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
  • If you're impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don't hesitate to call local law enforcement.
  • Always wear your seat belt.  It's your best defense in any traffic crash.

For more information, visit http://www.savemolives.com/, or find them on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.

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