March 16, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Crack Down on Impaired Drivers

The Springfield Police Department focused extra enforcement efforts on impaired driving March 13th – 15th, by conducting a sobriety checkpoint and other high intensity DWI patrols.

The enforcement was part of the “You Drink & Drive – YOU LOSE” Campaign, which is a statewide effort cracking down on those driving while under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. Enforcement efforts of this nature help to take impaired drivers off the road and make travel safer.

During the campaign, Springfield Police Officers arrested 23 individuals for driving while intoxicated.

Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. In 2007, 243 people were killed and 4,897 injured in more than 7,780 alcohol-related crashes.

It’s never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers could lose their license, pay large fines, or worst of all, cause a tragic loss of life. We are all part of the solution. Don’t risk it!

For more information on impaired driving, visit www.saveMOlives.com

Media Contact: Lt. Faye Barksdale (864-1723); Authorized by: Lt. Faye Barksdale

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Springfield Police Department

Headquarters: 321 E. Chestnut Expy., Springfield, MO 65802
South District Station: 2620 W. Battlefield Rd., Springfield, MO 65807
417-864-1810 • springfieldmo.gov/spd