Increased DWI Police Enforcement
MISSOURI - This St. Patrick's Day, law enforcement will keep a careful watch on people celebrating during the Irish holiday and while the Mizzou Tiger's play in the NCAA Tournament. 200 police agencies across the state agreed to have more officers in place to crack down on drunk drivers. Starting this week, police will also be looking for teens not buckling up during the month of March.
Last year on St. Patrick's Day, Police made 379 DWI arrests and issued 1,191 speeding tickets statewide. A total of 319 people were caught driving without wearing a seat belt and received a citation.
In 2010, 234 people were killed in drunk driving accidents in Missouri. Those deaths made up one-third of all traffic deaths statewide.
Last Friday, Missouri schools, including Rockbridge and Hickman High Schools in Columbia, participated in the "Seat Belt Spotter Day" challenge for students. The one-day event was aimed to get teen drivers to start buckle-up more. Seven of ten teens killed in auto accidents in Missouri were not wearing a seat belt.