Holiday parties and get-togethers are no excuse for drinking and driving, and the Monett Police Department will reinforce that statement by participating in a statewide holiday DWI enforcement campaign.
From Dec. 5 through Dec. 12, Monett police officers will increase enforcement efforts with a focus on reducing deaths and injuries caused by drunk drivers.
"Impaired driving is a preventable crime," said Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder. "Impaired drivers have a choice to make, and we encourage them to choose not to drink and drive."
In 2010, 240 people in Missouri were killed and 962 were seriously injured in crashes that involved an impaired driver.
Consequences of drunk driving are serious and include: loss of a drivers license for 30 days to one year; fines of $1,000 to $5,000; jail time of one year to seven years; and loss of life. Insurance premiums also increase after someone has been convicted of drinking and driving.
The Barry County Sheriff's Department will also be participating in the statewide holiday DWI campaign from Dec. 5 through Dec. 12.
"Losing a loved one during the holiday season is a tragedy no one should have to endure," said Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly. "We intend to crack down on impaired driving so drivers feel secure when traveling on Missouri's roadways."
For more information on impaired driving, visit www.savemolives.com.