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Campaign gets drunk drivers off the road

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Monett Justice Center
The Monett Police Department recently participated in a DWI/Hazardous moving violations enforcement, also known as the "You Drink & Drive, You Lose" campaign.

The statewide crackdown was enforced from Friday, May 1 through Sunday, May 3 and was funded through a grant from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety.

"There was zero cost to the city of Monett," said Seargent Dennis Camp with the Monett Police Department.

According to Camp, Monett had three officers working the operation that ran from 9 p.m. through 2 a.m.

During that time, there were a total of 15 stops made. Of these, two driving while intoxicated arrests were made.

In addition, there was one minor in possession charge, two open container arrests and six hazardous moving violations. A hazardous moving violation is considered a contributing factor that could result in an vehiclular accident.

Officers also made one felony arrest, one drug-related arrest and an arrest for driving a motor vehicle while license was suspended or revoked.

Camp said the operation was considered successful in two ways. First, there were two intoxicated drivers removed from the roadway, and secondly, the low numbers indicate that drivers, especially young drivers, are not placing themselves or others at risk.

Camp also noted not all the stops generated tickets; some drivers were given written warnings.

To be part of the solution, authorities offer the following tips for citizens:

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

* Encourage safe driving behaviors among family, friends and coworkers.

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

The Monett Police Department continues to enforce safe driving protocols with the "Click It or Ticket" campaign that started yesterday and will continue through May 31.

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

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