Officers to crack down on impaired drivers

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Cassville Police officers will be cracking down on impaired drivers Dec. 10 through Dec. 16 during a special driving while intoxicated enforcement effort.

"Losing a loved one during the holiday season is a tragedy no one should have to endure," said Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "Impaired driving is a preventable crime, and we intend to crack down so drivers feel secure when traveling on Missouri's roadways."

In 2011, 234 people were killed and 945 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. The state-wide 2012 Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

Consequences of impaired 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.

Drivers who cause a fatal crash while intoxicated can be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years in jail and a fine of $5,000.

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