Independence Police Department
223 N. Memorial Drive
Independence, MO 64050-3013
Accident Investigation Unit
Sergeant Jason Petersen
For immediate release: December 8, 2014
Independence Police Join National Crackdown
To Reduce Substance-Impaired Driving Fatalities
From mid-December through New Year’s Day, Independence Police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Holiday DWI Campaign” crackdown on substance-impaired driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Independence, will run from December 12, 2014 through January 1, 2015.
The effective nationwide drunk 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 over the holidays.
Independence Police Officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving substance-impaired.
Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico do drive drunk (having a Blood Alcohol Concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation still get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing substance-impaired driving epidemic.
In 2014, 223 people have died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality in every 1 ½ days. Holidays such as Christmas and New Year’s Eve are particularly dangerous.
There were 41 people killed and 242 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between December 13, 2013 and January 1, 2014. Four of the fatalities and 32 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.
Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign reduces substance-impaired driving by as much as 20 percent. By joining this effort, Independence Police will make roadways safer for everyone throughout this holiday season.
Independence Police want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a terrible idea. Not only does drinking 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 choose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.
It should also be noted that being arrested for substance-impaired driving brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunk 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 job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
Substance-impaired driving is simply not worth the risk. Remember, Police will be out in force and 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.