St. Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Crackdown Around St. Louis
The Missouri State Highway Patrol is kicking up enforcement this weekend searching for drunk drivers as St. Patrick's Day celebrations take place around the St. Louis area.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) is warning drivers to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over." Troopers and other police departments around the St. Louis area will be taking place in enforcing the campaign as St. Patrick's Day festivities take place throughout the area.
The MSHP made the announcement in a recent news release.
During the period of March 14-17, police are cracking down on drunk driving by conducting DWI saturations in an effort to remove impaired drivers from the road.
The Kirkwood Police Department announceed it will also be taking part in the enforcement.
In a news release, Kirkwood Police Chief Jack Plummer said it’s never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri fatal traffic crashes, the release stated.
Approximately 205 people were killed in crashes involving an impaired driver in 2012, according the the MSHP.
The MSHP reminds drivers that the consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driver license, possible ignition interlocks, insurance rate increases and other financial losses due to attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work or loss of job.
Residents who want more information on the issue of drunk driving or road safety are encouraged to visit www.saveMOlives.com.