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Local DWI campaign nets three arrests

Monday, May 23, 2011

A special DWI enforcement campaign conducted by the Monett Police Department from May 4 through May 14 resulted in three drunk driving arrests.

In addition to the DWI arrests, officers issued 11 speeding summons or warnings; 28 summons for other traffic violations; one warrant arrest; and two arrests for driving while suspended.

"I am pleased with the efforts of the officers who participated in this campaign to make traveling in Monett safer," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder. "Our department is committed to combating drinking and driving in Monett; the positive response we have received from the community is fantastic."

Drinking and driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all traffic fatalities in Missouri. In 2010, 234 people in Missouri were killed and 957 others were seriously injured in crashes involving drunk drivers.

The recent DWI campaign was funded through a grant from the Missouri Safety Center through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety Division.

"By utilizing these grants there is no cost to the city for these extra patrols," added Chief Schweder.

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