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:
- 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. A designated driver is someone who drinks NO alcohol at all.
- Take 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 is your best defense against an impaired driver.
For more information on impaired driving, visit www.saveMOlives.com
Media Contact: Lt. Kirk Manlove, 864-1121; Authorized by: Lt. Faye Barksdale