JEFFERSON CITY – One decision can change everything. Each day, lives are drastically changed or lost in preventable traffic crashes caused by someone’s choice to drive while impaired. Drivers continue to choose to break the law by driving impaired, putting thousands of travelers at risk every day.Holiday weekends bring a surge in impaired driving, so this year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility operation will run August 19 through the Labor Day holiday on September 5.Driving impaired isn’t just about alcohol. A person could also be arrested for driving under the influence of illegal drugs such as cocaine, marijuana, other controlled substances or even prescription medication.“Impaired driving continues to be a huge concern on Missouri roadways,” said Colonel Bret Johnson, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “We will continue our year-round efforts of enforcing Missouri's DWI laws and, through this campaign, create public awareness to the dangers substance-impaired driving causes on our highways. Our goal is for all drivers to get home safe every day."Statewide, law enforcement made 389 DWI arrests, 26 DUI drug arrests and 13 drug influence arrests during this campaign in August and September of 2015. Many substance-impaired drivers are under the age of 21. From 2013-2015, there were 53 fatal crashes and 144 serious injury crashes involving a substance-impaired driver under the age of 21 in Missouri. There were 64 people killed and 202 seriously injured in these crashes.Consider some of the consequences if you choose to drive impaired:
We are all a part of thesolution. To learn more about substance-impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com, or follow social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO.