MoDOT and Highway Patrol working together to keep drivers safe

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JEFFERSON CITY- From 2013 to 2015 there were 53 fatal crashes and 144 serious injuries all involving drivers who were under the influence.

To try and lower this number, Missouri Department of Transportation partnered with Missouri State Highway Patrol to create a public awareness campaign to stop drivers from driving under the influence.

The campaign is called Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. 

Statewide, law enforcement made 381 DWI arrests, 26 Drug arrests and 13 drug influence arrests during this campaign in August and September of 2015. Many of whom law enforcement said were drivers under the age of 21. 

John Hobbs, director of public information for MoDOT said driving under the influence is the third cause of fatal crashes.

Hobbs said the partners have new technology within their helicopters that help them track vehicles. The new system allows highway patrol to track cars speed, follow cars to see if they are driving too close to other cars, and watch if cars are not yielding.

The new technology was purchased by highway patrol for $138,000 and will be used from August 19 to September 5.