For Immediate Release
Sobriety Checkpoint Planned
The Springfield Police Department in a joint effort with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol, and the Missouri Department of Transportation, will be cracking down on impaired drivers this weekend in an effort to reduce deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.
Make no mistake — driving while intoxicated is a crime and is 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.
We are all part of the solution! These tragedies are preventable when drivers make a simple, smart choice not to drink and drive. 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. A designated driver is someone who drinks NO alcohol at all.
- 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 is your best defense against an impaired driver.
For more information on impaired driving, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
Media Contact: Lt. Faye Barksdale (417) 864-1723