The Barry County Sheriff's Office will join law enforcement agencies from across the state in an effort to crack down on drunk driving through Sept. 3.
"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."
Over the next two weeks, the Barry County Sheriff's Office will bump up sobriety checkpoints and driving while intoxicated saturation patrols in an effort to keep impaired drivers off area roadways.
Individuals who are charged with a driving while intoxicated offense can be sentenced to jail, lose their drivers' licenses or be ordered to use ignition interlocks.
Other consequences of drinking and driving include: increased insurance rates; attorney fees; court costs; lost time at work; the potential loss of job or job prospects; and embarrassment when family, friends and co-workers learn about the offense.
In 2011, 220 people were killed and 902 others were seriously injured in crashes involving impaired drivers.
For more information on law enforcement officials' efforts to take drunk drivers off area roadways, visit www.saveMOlives.com.