Because the 100 Deadliest Days of Summer time come to an finish, freeway security officers are encouraging drivers to not let down their guard.
Freeway fatalities proceed to be on the rise with a concentrate on 4 dangerous behaviors: not sporting a seat belt, cellphone use whereas driving, extreme speeds and driving underneath the affect of medicine or alcohol.
From Aug. 20 by means of Labor Day, legislation enforcement companies throughout Missouri will take part within the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over impaired driving marketing campaign.
The marketing campaign has one goal: maintain impaired drivers off the roadways.
“Impaired driving continues to be an enormous concern on Missouri roadways,” mentioned Capt. John Hotz, director of the general public data and schooling division of the Missouri State Freeway Patrol. “Yearly, we lose round 200 folks due to this lethal resolution. We’ll proceed our year-round efforts of implementing Missouri’s DWI legal guidelines and use this marketing campaign to create extra public consciousness relating to the hazards and penalties of impaired driving.”
In 2020, there have been 217 folks killed and 713 folks severely injured in Missouri crashes ensuing from impaired driving.
In the course of the 2020 Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over marketing campaign, legislation enforcement officers in Missouri made 213 DWI arrests, 45 DUI drug arrests and 12 arrests for minors in possession.
“Every day, lives are misplaced or drastically modified in preventable visitors crashes attributable to poor decisions, together with impaired driving,” mentioned Jon Nelson, assistant to the state freeway security and visitors engineer for the Missouri Division of Transportation. “It’s a egocentric selection and, too typically, a selection that immediately impacts different folks. All of us have a shared duty to make use of the roadways in a protected method, and it’s not sophisticated. Should you plan to get buzzed or excessive, make a plan to remain off the roads.”
Missouri’s strategic freeway security plan, Present-Me Zero, identifies 4 key focus areas, together with impaired driving, to assist get rid of visitors deaths.
For extra data on the Present-Me Zero plan and to learn the way all Missourians might help make the roadways safer, go to www.savemolives.com.