December 30, 2009

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Focus on Impaired Drivers New Year's Eve

The Springfield Police Department will be focusing efforts toward removing impaired drivers from the streets of Springfield on New Year’s Eve. All available officers, including additional officers paid for by a Mo. Division of Highway Safety grant, will be directed to be vigilant for impaired drivers throughout the night. This is part of an ongoing effort to make the streets as safe as possible for Springfield motorists on every night of the year, and specifically on New Year’s Eve, which has historically shown no shortage of impaired drivers.

In 2008, 262 people were killed, 1113 seriously injured and 3398 received minor injuries in the 7,784 alcohol-related crashes in the state of Missouri. The citizens of Springfield should help make New Year’s Eve a night of celebration, and not of tragedy.

We are all part of the solution. Please consider the following tips:

Media Contact: Traffic Section Commander, phone: 864-1810; Release authorized by: A/Lt. Brian Phillips

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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