The Monett Police Department focused extra enforcement efforts on impaired driving over the Independence Day weekend.
"Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is never worth the risk," said Sergeant Dennis Camp with the Monett Police Department. "With the help of the community, we are working to keep our roads safer."
During the effort, which was in effect from July 3 through July 5, law enforcement officers issued a total of 24 citations or warnings. Of these, seven were for speeding, three for driving while intoxicated, two for minor in possession of alcohol and one for non-seat belt usage.
|In addition, a total of 11 citations were written for such violations as driving without a valid driver's license, following too closely to another motor vehicle, careless and reckless driving and other non-hazardous moving violations.|
|In his report, Camp noted that only one minor traffic accident was reported over the holiday weekend within the city limits.|
Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. In 2007, 243 people died in more than 7,780 alcohol-related traffic crashes in the state. Enforcement efforts like this one help to take impaired drivers off the road and make travel safer.
Funding for the local enforcement effort was provided by the Missouri Safety Center and the Missouri Department of Transportation's Division of Highway Safety at no cost to the city. The Monett Police Department plans to hold additional enforcement efforts in the future.