Cassville Police will increase presence next few weeks

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

The Cassville Police Department is once again joining other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving. The local "You Drink and Drive, You Lose" Campaign will be conducted Friday, Aug. 19 through Monday, Sept. 5.

"In 2010, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver," said Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "We all mourned the death of a Cassville area child last year because of a drunk driver. This effort is a way to raise awareness and help ensure that isn't repeated this year or ever."

Over the next few weeks, the local police department will take part in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI (driving while intoxicated) saturation patrols to help keep impaired drivers off the roadway.

"Driving drunk is simply not worth the consequences," said Kammerlohr. "The message continues to be 'You Drink and Drive. You Lose.'"

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driver's license and court-ordered ignition interlocks. Arrested individuals also face attorney fees, court costs and lost time at work, which can lead to job loss or the loss of job prospects. Convicted offenders often see increases in insurance premiums.

The Cassville Police Department would like to congratulate area residents for driving responsibly during the last "You Drink and Drive. You Lose" Campaign, which was held March 12 through March 14.

"There were a total of 21 stops associated with the campaign," said Kammerlohr. "We issued nine citations, with only two relating to alcohol use. It is very encouraging that residents are acting responsibly when it comes to not driving while drinking."

The alcohol-related citations issued were for driving while intoxicated and an open container violation. Other summons were given for speeding, no insurance, a stoplight violation and failure to drive on the right half of the roadway. One suspect was arrested on a warrant.

"Cassville can feel good about this low level of alcohol-related driving," said Kammerlohr. "We continue our education and enforcement efforts to ensure all drivers are safe on our roads."

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