St. Patrick’s Day will be celebrated this weekend and, for many, that means festivities involving alcohol. Click to hear KMZU’s Janet Adkinson talk to Missouri State Highway Patrol Sergeant Brent Bernhardt:
Officers will participate in a DWI campaign designed to keep Missouri roadways safe. “During that time, we will have officers working to rid our highways of the impaired driver,” said Bernhardt, “Approximately 27% of all Missouri fatal traffic crashes were a direct result of the drunk driver last year. We will do everything we can to remove the drunk driver from the roadway.”
The campaign runs from March 14-17.
As springtime greens up the landscape, and St. Patrick’s Day greens up the beer, the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety reminds motorists to designate a driver or call a cab to avoid driving impaired. Law enforcement is on the lookout for impaired drivers with targeted efforts March 14-17.
“Statewide, law enforcement made 583 DWI arrests during the impaired driving campaign in August and September of 2012,” says Leanna Depue, executive chair of the coalition. “These numbers show that law enforcement is committed to enforcing Missouri laws.”
Throughout March, safety advertising in restaurants and bars across Missouri will remind patrons that Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving. St. Pat’s themed posters, mirror clings and coasters serve as reminders of the importance of driving completely sober. Facebook fans can also pledge to drive sober, and try their luck at a photo caption contest to win gift cards.
There are no excuses for driving impaired. Drinking and driving is a lethal combination. If you cause a fatal crash while intoxicated, you can be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years of prison time, a $5000 fine, or both. Don’t risk it.
To learn more, visit the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety website at savemolives.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter at Save MO Lives.