The Missouri State Highway Patrol is working hard to keep the roadways safe this holiday season. Click to hear KMZU’s Kristie Cross talk to Sergeant Brent Bernhardt:
Bernhardt said troopers will be watching closely for drivers who may be alcohol impaired. “During this time of year, there are many types of celebrations that might include alcohol,” said Bernhardt,” Therefore, we will be participating in the statewide DWI enforcement at which time we will have extra officers patrolling the highways at various intervals.”
According to officials, statistics prove why this campaign is necessary. “Last year, 209 individuals were killed and 3,630 were injured in alcohol-related traffic accidents in our state.”
Bernhardt said designated drivers are the key to arriving safely. “If a person is going to participate in any type of celebration that might include alcohol, we ask that they never get behind the wheel of a car and drive,” said Bernhardt,” This is not only for their safety, but for the safety of other motorists. It is very tragic when to investigate a traffic crash where you know an innocent person has been injured or killed by an intoxicated driver.”
The campaign will kick off on Monday, December 10th.
Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces that Troop B officers will be participating in the statewide 2012 Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign to stop people from driving impaired this holiday season. Enforcement efforts will be increased from December 10, 2012, through December 16, 2012, and will focus on reducing deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers. In 2011, 209 individuals were killed and 3,630 were injured in alcohol-related traffic crashes.
“Losing a loved one during the holiday season is a tragedy no one should have to endure,” stated Captain Wilt. “Impaired driving is a preventable crime, and we intend to work diligently to remove impaired drivers from our roadways.”
The Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves from all types of hazardous drivers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Click It 4 Life !!