Crack Down on Drunk Driving

6 years 4 months 2 weeks ago December 07, 2010 Dec 7, 2010 Tuesday, December 07 2010 Tuesday, December 07, 2010 9:17:26 AM CST in News
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JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Highway Patrol will have more DWI checkpoints and more patrols out to stop drunk driving this week throughout the entire state. For those who are celebrating before the holidays, the Highway Patrol wants Missouri drivers to be safe on the roads.

In 2009, there were 280 deaths in Missouri that involved drunk driving. 1,140 people were seriously injured and 3,719 received minor injuries due to drunk drivers.

Lieutenant John Hotz with the Highway Patrol said drivers need to make plans for a safe ride home before they get to a party or event during the holidays.

"We know with the holiday season coming up, people plan celebrations. Lots of those celebrations include drinking," Hotz said.

Hotz said the Highway Patrol has a higher enforcement now because it wants to get people thinking about safe driving before the holidays arrive.

Two Missouri drivers said they are pleased to hear enforcement is up this week to keep themselves and others safe on the road.

"That type of crack down, I think that's important that they know it's a choice that they make that can affect many families if they choose to drink and drive," Chris Tellman said.

"I had an acquaintance die in college from a drunk driving accident and it's just awful what happens because it's really hard for some people to go through," Bryan Casalone said.

Hotz said if you're drinking and need to get somewhere, you should find a designated driver, use public transportation or simply stay at the location where you are.

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