Sobriety Checkpoint 5/1 – 5/12, CGPD Cracking Down on Drunk Driving

Law Enforcement officers across Missouri have announced that they are cracking down on drunk driving with increased enforcement from May 1 to May 12 for the Statewide Youth DWI Enforcement Campaign.  The Cape Girardeau Police Department will be participating in this effort by working with the Southeast Missouri DWI Task Force in a Sobriety Checkpoint.

In 2012, 231 people were killed and 841 seriously injured on Missouri roadways in crashes involving alcohol and drugs.


 “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,” said City of Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair.  “If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.  No warnings.  No excuses.”

“Driving drunk is simply not worth the risk.  So don’t take the chance,” said Chief Blair.

For more information on impaired driving, visit

Contact Sgt. K. Orr for further information on sobriety checkpoints, 573-335-6621 Ext. 1060.

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  1. I love the idea of sobriety checkpoints, I am a firm believer of sober rides, Tonight, I went through a check point, sober, and was cited for not stopping at a temporary stop sign. I understand what they were trying to accomplish, however, I believe the overall concept is not clear. I believed the stop signs I did not stop at were “extra points” that were unesecary stop at approaching the actual stopping point. I drove away with respect to the officers, but unclear on what my actual sober offense

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