August 17 through September 3
Getting Arrested Could be the Least of Your Worries
Labor Day weekend brings a surge of travel across the nation. During the summer’s last holiday many will make the conscious mistake of driving impaired.
Getting arrested could be the least of your worries. An impaired driving arrest could cost you thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and lawyer fees, not to mention you could also lose your license, lose your job or–worse yet– take someone’s life!
This year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility crackdown will run Aug. 17 through the Labor Day holiday on Sept. 3.
Statewide, law enforcement made 242 DWI arrests, 27 DUI drug arrests and 23 MIP’s during this campaign in 2017.
“Each day, lives are drastically changed or lost in preventable traffic crashes caused by impaired driving,” said Jon Nelson, executive chair to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “In 2017, 196 people were killed and 605 seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.”
We are all a part of the solution. To learn more about impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com, or follow social media at Save MO Lives, #DriveSoberMO.
- Approximately one-third of all traffic crash fatalities in the United States involve drunk drivers (with blood alcohol concentrations [BACs] of .08 of higher). In 2016, there were 10,497 people killed in these preventable crashes. In fact, on average, more than 10,000 people have died each year (2012 to 2016) in drunk-driving crashes. To put it in perspective, that’s equal to about 20 jumbo jets crashing, with no survivors.
- In 2016, almost one in five children (14 and younger) killed in traffic crashes were killed in drunk-driving crashes. Fifty-four percent of the time, it was the child’s own driver who was drunk.
- Despite the fact that it’s illegal to drive with a BAC of .08 or higher, one person is killed every 50 minutes by a drunk driver on our nation’s roads.
- During the 2016 Labor Day holiday, 36 percent of fatalities in traffic crashes involved a drunk driver, which was one of the lowest percentages over the five-year period from 2012 to 2016.
- Men are more likely than women to be driving drunk in fatal crashes. In 2016, 21 percent of males were drunk in these crashes, compared to 14 percent of females.
In 2016, motorcycle riders involved (killed and survived) in fatal crashes had higher percentages of alcohol impairment than any other type of motor vehicle driver (25% for motorcycle riders, 21% for passenger cars, 20% for light-truck drivers, and 2% for drivers of large trucks).
Drunk Driving Comes at a Cost
Drunk driving can cost you your life, but it can also cost you financially. Here’s how:
If you’re caught drinking and driving, you could face jail time. Imagine trying to explain that to your friends and family or your place of employment if you’re unable to report to the office.
Drinking and driving could cause you to lose your driver’s license and your vehicle. This could inhibit you from getting to work, resulting in lost wages and, potentially, job loss.
If you kill someone while driving drunk, you could face manslaughter charges.
Financially, a DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000 in attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, higher insurance rates, and lost time at work.
This Fourth of July, commit to only driving when you’re 100-percent sober. As you head out to celebrate, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. For more information on impaired driving, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov.
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.
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.