For more information, contact Chris Luebbert at 573-751-5435 or Kelly Martin at 573-645-9353.
JEFFERSON CITY - The new substance-impaired driving message is clear and simple: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. Approximately 240 Missouri state and local law enforcement agencies will participate in the national effort to deter substance-impaired driving by conducting statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols Aug. 17 through Sept. 3. "Substance-impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities," said Colonel Ronald Replogle, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. "We will focus on enforcement of Missouri's DWI laws and keep impaired drivers off the road." The strong enforcement presence reinforces the importance of driving sober and the legal consequences of ignoring that advice. Missourians will hear and see the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over message during a television, radio, digital and print public awareness campaign. "If drivers choose to ignore the drive sober messages, there's a good chance they'll be stopped by law enforcement officers and ticketed," said Leanna Depue, MoDOT Director of Highway Safety. "Though that's a tough experience, it's much better than being arrested for causing a fatal crash." Statewide, law enforcement made 852 DWI arrests during the impaired driving campaign in August and September of 2011. In 2011, 216 people were killed, 865 seriously injured in accidents that involved at least one impaired driver. To learn more about impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com.