Jefferson City Police Officers Crack Down on Drunk Driving

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JEFFERSON CITY - In anticipation of St. Patrick's Day Saturday, the Jefferson City Police Department said Thursday it will participate in DWI saturation patrols to keep impaired drivers off the road.

Police said impaired driving contributes to 25 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities.  In 2010, 218 people were killed and 3,825 injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.

The department will join with other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving March 16 through 18.  Local bars are in support of the crack down and will be partnering with the police department's sober drive program to keep drunk drivers off the road.

The consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driver's license, higher insurance rates and fines.

Those in Jefferson City this weekend who need a sober ride can have the establishment where they are call 573-636-7102 for a free ride home.  Party hosts can also obtain sober driver tickets by contacting Fechtel Beverage at 573-636-5161.