JEFFERSON CITY -Are you looking forward to the red, white and blue flashing lights of the Independence Day holiday? If you're thinking about drinking and driving, those lights may be flashing from 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 2-6 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. "Last year 19 people were killed in traffic crashes over the Fourth of July holiday," said Leanna Depue, executive committee chair for the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Thirteen of those fatalities involved a substance-impaired 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:
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