Captain Ronald S. Johnson, commanding officer of Troop C of the Missouri Highway Patrol, wants to remind everyone about the dangers of drinking and driving.
The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to 30 percent of all
Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2010, 234 people were killed and 957
people were seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.
July 1-4, the Missouri State Highway Patrol will join other Missouri law
enforcement agencies in cracking down on drunk driving. The MSHP will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturations.
Consequences of driving while intoxicated include jail time, loss of driver
licenses or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates
rise and other financial hits include attorney fees, court costs, lost time
at work and the potential loss of employment.
“Driving while intoxicated is simply not worth all the consequences,” Johnson said in a statement. “Our message is simple and unwavering, You Drink
and Drive, You Lose.”