The Wood Heights Police Department is joining a statewide effort to crack down on impaired drivers. Click to hear KMZU’s Chelsea Wade talk with Sergeant George O’Dell.

George O’Dell

Press Release from the Wood Heights Police Department:

Wood Heights Police – The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30% of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2010, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. That’s why Wood Heights will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving Aug. 19 to Sept. 5, 2011.

Wood Heights will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols enforcing Missouri’s DWI laws and keeping impaired drivers off the road.

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up. Other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job or job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also find face tremendous person embarrassment and humiliation.

“Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences,” state Sgt. O’Dell “Our message is simple and unwavering: You Drink and Drive. You Lose.”

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