A sergeant with Troop H of the Missouri State Freeway Patrol stated that drunken driving incidents are taking place as often as ever, however they continue to be a prime precedence for the patrol.
Having served within the drive for 28 years, Troop H Sgt. Jake Angle stated eradicating impaired drivers from the roadway stays a giant piece of enforcement on the freeway patrol.
“It’s the identical message I’ve had since I’ve been doing public data. Should you select to eat an intoxicating beverage or something that impairs you and get behind the wheel, we’ll discover you, we’ll arrest you and you’ll go to jail,” Angle stated.
A Jan. 14 drunk driving incident which resulted within the loss of life of a pregnant 26-year-old girl in St. Joseph sparked loads of tributes but additionally some outrage on social media relating to the incident. Being part of the general public data and schooling division at Troop H, Angle has many conversations about secure driving and the results of intoxicated driving with younger drivers. Angle stated incidents involving drunk drivers can simply be prevented with correct planning forward of time.
“In the event that they know they’re going out with mates on the weekend or if you happen to’re at a gathering the place you recognize alcohol is current, simply plan forward of time,” Angle stated. “Have the Uber app downloaded or one of many ride-sharing apps, make contact with a buddy or make plans to remain at a lodge.”
Any state freeway patrol trooper who has been on the drive for a considerable period of time and has been to the scene of crashes involving intoxicated drivers has seen all of the potential aftermath. Angle says even after 28 years, each incident can hit a trooper laborious.
“In sure instances, you might have fatality crashes and that’s the toughest a part of a trooper’s job is to knock on somebody’s door and inform them that their liked one’s not coming dwelling. That’s why it’s such an essential subject and stays an essential piece of our enforcement, is to take away impaired drivers from the roadway,” Angle stated.