Monett police officers will be cracking down on drunk drivers during an upcoming DWI saturation campaign.
The Monett Police Department is joining other Missouri law enforcement agencies in a statewide campaign from Aug. 19 through Sept. 5. During that time, Monett officers will participate in sobriety checkpoints and increased patrols to keep impaired drivers off the road.
"Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences," said Sgt. Jerry Harrison. "Our message is simple: 'You Drink and Drive. You Lose.'"
Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driver's license, possible injury or death from a crash, increased insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work or loss of a job.
In 2010, 234 people were killed and 957 were seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. Driving drunk or under the influence of drugs contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities.
For more information about impaired driving and efforts to curb it, visit www.saveMOlives.com.