The Missouri State Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Pulaski County and a DWI saturation in Dent County.
Captain Kenley would also like to inform the public that from May 2, 2014 through May 12, 2014, Troop I officers will be joining other Missouri law enforcement agencies during the Youth Alcohol Mobilization. During this period, officers will be stepping up enforcement efforts with a goal of removing impaired drivers from Missouri highways.
With prom and graduation season here, Missouri law enforcement agencies want to make sure Missouri youth are celebrating safe and sober. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri. However, in 2012, Missouri traffic crash statistics for drivers under the age of 21 showed alcohol use by those individuals was a contributing factor in 594 crashes in which they were involved.
In addition to the increased likelihood of being in a vehicle crash, drunk driving has other consequences, including: jail time, loss of driver license, being sentenced to use ignition interlock systems, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and school, and the potential loss of a job or job prospects.
Captain Kenley stated, "It is unfortunate that so many lives, including those of our youth, are taken every year by impaired drivers. If you are the parent or guardian of someone who is under the age of 21, please remind them of the laws regarding underage drinking and of the consequences if these laws are violated.”
In support of “The Drive To Zero Highway Deaths,” the Patrol encourages motorists to protect themselves and their passengers by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint. Watercraft operators should ensure that everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life And Wear It!!