CPD cracking down on drunk drivers in May

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

With prom and graduation season here, Missouri law enforcement want to make sure Missouri youth are celebrating safe and sober.

The Cassville Police Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving May 1-12.

It is illegal for someone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roadways.

Missouri has a zero tolerance law. For drivers under 21, licenses will be suspended if caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in their systems.

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driver's license or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up, and other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of job or job prospects.

When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can also face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation.

"Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences", said Dana Kammerlohr, Cassville police chief. "Zero Tolerance means zero chances: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Between 2011 and 2013, 85 people were killed and 318 seriously injured in Missouri roadway crashes involving an impaired driver under the age of 21.

For more information, please visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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