Jefferson City police crack down on intoxicated driving

1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago January 06, 2016 Jan 6, 2016 Wednesday, January 06 2016 Wednesday, January 06, 2016 2:30:00 PM CST in News
By: Eric Yount, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

JEFFERSON CITY - Police in Jefferson City participated in the national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign during the holiday season.

The department issued 10 citations for driving while intoxicated and two for driving while drugged during the campaign, which ran from Dec. 18, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016

"When we remove a drunk driver from the road, we're all safer," said Police Chief Roger Schroeder. "Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice; it's a choice that costs the lives of thousands on America's roadways each year."

The national campaign's website estimated that 10,000 people die each year on U.S. roadways as a result of impaired driving. In 2014, there were 197 deaths in Missouri that were a result of an accident that involved impaired drivers. The 2014 holiday saw 25 roadway fatalities.

There were five total fatalities on Missouri roadways in 2015 by Jan. 5, according to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

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