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:
- Don’t risk it – if you plan to drive, don’t drink.
- Encourage safe driving behaviors among family, friends and co-workers.
- Choose a designated driver before going out, someone who will agree not to consume any alcohol that evening.
- Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a friend to drive you home.
- Party hosts should include alcohol-free beverages.
- Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.
- Always wear your safety belt – it’s your best defense against an impaired driver.
Media Contact: Traffic Section Commander, phone: 864-1810; Release authorized by: A/Lt. Brian Phillips