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MoDOT News Release 

March 14, 2016 01:05 PM
Driving Impaired Changes Everything
Statewide Impaired Driving Crackdown Planned

JEFFERSON CITY, MO –If you choose to drive impaired this St. Patrick’s Day weekend, your luck will run out. More than 200 Missouri law enforcement agencies will take part in a special impaired driving crackdown that puts additional officers on the road March 17-20.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety wants motorists to know that “Driving Impaired Changes Everything.” Special campaign messaging will remind drivers that their lives could change forever with just one impaired-driving conviction or even worse – crash.

“Statewide, law enforcement made 197 DWI arrests during a similar campaign in March of 2015,” says Colonel Bret Johnson, Superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “Officers are committed to removing impaired drivers from our roads.”

Driving impaired or riding with someone who is impaired is not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself, or someone else, but the trauma and financial cost of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant.

Drinking and driving is a lethal combination. A person who causes a fatal crash while intoxicated, can be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years of prison time, a $5000 fine, or both. 

To learn more, visit the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety website at savemolives.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.

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