Contact: Officer Latisha Stroer, Public Information Officer
Columbia Police Department
Sgt. Curtis Perkins, Traffic Unit Supervisor
COLUMBIA POLICE CRACKING DOWN ON IMPAIRED DRIVERS AUGUST 27 - SEPTEMBER 2
The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2011, 220 people were killed and 902 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. In 2012, 230 people were killed in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That's why The Columbia Police Department will join the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign" with other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving over the Labor Day Weekend.
The Columbia Police Department 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 face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
For more information, please visit www.saveMOlives.com.