August 18, 2010

News Release

For Immediate Release

Police Join Statewide DWI Enforcement Effort

From Aug. 20 through Sept. 6, members of the Springfield Police Department will be participating in a statewide effort to remove intoxicated drivers from the roadways. Enforcement efforts will be increased with a focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

A grant received from the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Highway Safety Division will fund this effort.

Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. In 2009, 268 people were killed and 1,134 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. In Springfield alone, four people were killed and 127 injured. These tragedies are preventable when drivers make a simple, smart choice not to drink and drive. Don’t risk it!

We are all part of the solution, so please consider the following tips:

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

Media Contact: Lt. Kirk Manlove, 864-1121; 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