Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon, announces that Troop B officers will be participating in the St. Patrick's Weekend DWI enforcement campaign.
The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to approximately 27 percent of all Missouri fatal traffic crashes. Preliminary 2012 Missouri traffic crash statistics indicate 205 people were killed and 3,513 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. That's why the Missouri State Highway Patrol will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving March 14-17, 2013. During this time period, Troop B officers will be conducting DWI saturations enforcing Missouri's DWI laws and taking impaired drivers off the road.
Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of your driver license, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates increase. Other financial effects include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential of losing one's job or job prospects. When family, friends, and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.
"Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences," stated Captain Wilt. "Our message is simple and unwavering: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."