The Barry County Sheriff's Department and other law enforcement agencies across the state will intensify efforts to stop drunk driving July 3 through July 8.
"Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "Our message is simple and unwavering: drive sober or get pulled over."
According to a news release issued by the Barry County Sheriff's Department, impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities that occur in Missouri. Last year, 220 people were killed and 902 others were seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.
Next week, the Barry County Sheriff's Department will take part in statewide sobriety checkpoints and driving while intoxicated saturation patrols to help keep impaired drivers off the road.
The consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of drivers' licenses, sentenced to the use of ignition interlocks, increasing insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of jobs or job prospects.
When family, friends and co-workers learn about a drunk driving charge, the suspect also often faces tremendous personal embarrassment, said Epperly.
For more information on efforts to stop drunk drivers, visit www.saveMOlives.com.