Speed Enforcement Campaign, June 19, 2020
In 2018, 352 people were killed in Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one driver
speeding or driving too fast for conditions. Preliminary data indicates 299 people were
killed in speed related crashes in 2019.
Speed involved fatalities increased each year from 2014 to 2018, with 2019 preliminary
showing a nearly 15% reduction.
Speed is the most common cited contributing circumstances in Missouri fatal crashes. In
2019, it was cited as a contributing circumstance nearly twice as often as substance impaired
21 MEANS 21.
The legal drinking age is 21. Any person under 21 caught with even a trace of alcohol will have their license suspended.
Many substance-impaired drivers are under the age of 21. From 2016-2018, there were 33 fatal crashes and 123 serious injury crashes involving a substance-impaired driver <21. There were 46 people killed and 168 seriously injured in these crashes.
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.
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.