Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown
Pre-Press Enforcement Report
Pevely Police Department’s Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign Joins National Crackdown
To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities
‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Campaign Will Target Substance–Impaired Drivers.
Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance–impaired driving crackdown. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout the city of Pevely, will run from May 3-14, 2018.
The effective nationwide substance–impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance–impaired driving during the enforcement period.
Pevely police officers along with county and state officers will be aggressively looking for substance–impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.
Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.
Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance- impaired drivers or motorcycle operators. In 2017, 185 people were killed and 592 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every (2) two days.
St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous. During 2017, 51 people were killed or seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.
Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance–impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday.
We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.
Being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Substance–impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov , or www.saveMOlives.com.
For Release: April 2018
For More Information Contact: Pevely Police Department
Pevely Police Step Up Seat Belt Enforcement
Click It or Ticket
Pevely, Missouri – Pevely Police will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on April 12th for an aggressive “Click It or Ticket” mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up — and save more lives.
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 16% of Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Even worse, 61% of vehicle occupants killed in crashes in Missouri were unrestrained.
Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement The Pevely Police will be out to remind you seat belts can – and do – save lives.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
PEVELY POLICE DEPARTMENT RECEIVES
MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
The Pevely Police Department has received four traffic grants through the Missouri Department of Transportation for the 2017-2018 period.
The grants are for Hazardous Moving Violations (HMV), Occupant Protection Enforcement (OPE), Driving While Intoxicated enforcement (DWI) and Youth Alcohol Enforcement (YAE).
The Missouri Department of Transportation grants will allow the Pevely Police Department to dedicate additional man-hours to conduct traffic enforcement throughout the city. The goal of this traffic enforcement is to locate and remove or educate as needed, unsafe drivers, unbelted drivers and passengers, intoxicated drivers and young individuals that are participating in underage drinking and driving.
With the help of the Missouri Department of Transportation and traffic grants and the daily traffic enforcement of our duty officers, we intend to make every effort to assist in lowering the number of state and national fatal and serious injury accidents.
We ask every person that gets behind the wheel, to assist us in this endeavor by driving safely, never drinking and driving, and along with their passengers, always wear your seatbelt.
2018 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
March 15 through March 18, 2018
Don’t bet your luck on it: drunk driving is deadly driving
This St. Paddy’s Day, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
St. Patrick’s Day is one of America’s most widely celebrated holidays, for the Irish and non-Irish alike. It’s a great excuse to gather with friends and family and make merry over bangers n’ mash and a pint of green beer. Sadly, the night often ends with drunk drivers on the road, which pose a threat to other drivers, vehicle passengers, and pedestrians. In 2016 alone, 60 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes during the St. Paddy’s Day holiday period (6 p.m. March 16 to 5:59 a.m. March 18). Not only is this behavior deadly, it’s illegal. For that reason, the Pevely Police Department will be out in full force to make sure that if you are behind the wheel, you are sober. This year, if you’ll be drinking alcohol, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
Tragically, March 17 has become a dangerous holiday on our nation’s roads. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, almost two-fifths (39%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. The early hours of March 18 didn’t fare much better. Between midnight and 5:59 a.m., nearly three-fourths (69%) of all crash fatalities involved drunk drivers. In fact, from 2012 to 2016, almost two-fifths (38%) of the drunk-driving fatalities during this holiday period involved drivers who had blood alcohol concentrations (BACs) well above the .08 limit, with 269 drunk-driving fatalities total. Drivers should also keep an eye out for pedestrians who have had too much to drink. Walking while intoxicated can also be deadly, as lack of attention to their surroundings could put pedestrians at risk of getting hit by a vehicle.
St. Patrick’s Day should be a good time for members of our community. But we need your help to make this a reality. A commitment to sober driving keeps our neighborhood roads safe. Always make a plan before heading out to the festivities. Understand the dangers of drinking and driving. It is illegal to drink and drive, and should never be an option for how you get home. Designate a sober driver before you and your friends go out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over—St. Paddy’s Day, and every day.
Drunk-driving death rates are staggering: In 2016, there were 10,497 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. Another way to look at it? An average of 1 person was killed every 50 minutes in a drunk-driving crash in the United States that year. Too many people are not getting the message. Drunk driving is a deadly and illegal behavior. It is inexcusable, and it is unacceptable.
We are asking our community’s drivers to work with us to end drunk driving. There are too many safe alternatives to get you home safely. Think before you act.
The Pevely Police Department recommends the following safe alternatives to drinking and driving:
- First: Always remember to plan ahead. You know whether you’ll attend a party. If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home. Is it your turn to be the designated driver? Take that role seriously—your friends could be relying on you.
- Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
- Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
- Use your community’s sober ride program [Insert your local sober ride program specifics here].
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact [Local Law Enforcement].
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get them home safely.
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
NO BOOSTER SEAT IS JUST AS DANGEROUS.
Many parents are unaware of the importance of proper use and installation of child passenger safety restraints and related laws. In 2016, 18 children less than eight years of age were killed and 47 suffered serious injuries as occupants in motor vehicle crashes in Missouri. Twenty-nine percent of the children killed or seriously injured were not restrained in a car seat or safety belt.
Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old in the United States.
The Pevely Police Department in conjunction with the Missouri Department of Transportation will participate in the Child Passenger Safety Enforcement Campaign beginning September 17th through September 23rd.