St. Patrick's Day Drunk Driving Crackdown: No Warnings, No Excuses

“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so don’t drink and drive.”

           – City of Cape Giradeau Police Department Chief Wes Blair

From our Police Department news release:
Local police will be out in force as part of the annual statewide “St. Patrick’s Day DWI Enforcement” crackdown on drunk driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Cape Girardeau, will run throughout the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk.
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Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing drunk driving epidemic.
“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Wes Blair. “In 2012, 230 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every 1.5 days.”
“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel drunk is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, 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,” Chief Blair said.
Chief Blair noted that being arrested for driving drunk 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 their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so don’t drink and drive,” said Chief Blair.
For more information, visit www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or www.savemolives.com.