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Monett Police launches DWI campaign

Thursday, July 1, 2010

For the month of July, the Monett Police Department will be participating in another campaign aimed at stopping people from driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.

The "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" effort will be funded through a grant from the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division.

During July, Monett Police officers will increase enforcement that focuses on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

"It's never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder. "Whether it is your license, your money or your life - you drink and drive and you lose."

In support of the effort, Chief Schweder has listed the consequences a person faces if they are caught drinking and driving.

* For a first conviction, an individual could have their license suspended for 30 days followed by a 60-day suspension if a hardship license is not obtained.

* A second conviction results in a $1,000 fine, a year-long license revocation and up to a year in jail. Those convicted of a second DWI will also have to install an ignition interlock system on their vehicle, which prevents someone from starting their car when they have alcohol on their breath.

* Third and subsequent convictions can be penalized with up to a $5,000 fine, a 10-year license denial and up to seven years in jail.

* If someone is involved in a fatal crash while intoxicated, they can be charged with involuntary manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.

* Insurance coverage will be difficult to obtain and rates will be significantly higher for DWI offenders.

For more information on the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose" campaign or to access statistics, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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