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Law enforcement will target drunk driving

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


The Monett Police Department and the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department will be participating in a "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" campaign targeting drivers under the influence of alcohol and other drugs. The statewide crackdown with increased enforcement will begin on Friday, May 1 and continue through Sunday, May 3.

According to law enforcement officials, 243 people died in more than 7,780 alcohol-related traffic crashes in 2007, resulting in a death or injury every 1.7 hours.

"It's never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers could lose their license, pay large fines or worst of all, cause a tragic loss of life," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder.

Authorities offer the following tips for citizens to be part of the solution:

* Don't risk it. If you plan to drive, don't drink.

* Encourage safe driving behaviors among family, friends and co-workers.

* Choose a designated driver before going out. A designated driver is someone who drinks NO alcohol at all.

* Call a cab or ask a friend to drive you home.

* Party hosts should include alcohol-free beverages.

* Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

* Always wear your safety belt -- it's your best defense against an impaired driver.

For additional information on impaired driving, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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