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LawCo officers focus on area drunk drivers

Friday, March 9, 2012

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department will be cracking down on drunk drivers.

According to Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay, nearly 30 percent of all Missouri fatalities include alcohol as a contributing factor.

"In 2011, a total of 220 people were killed and 916 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver," DeLay said. "That is why the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department will join other Missouri law enforcement agencies to crack down on drunk driving."

The campaign will begin on Friday, March 16 and continue through Sunday, March 18.

"The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department will be participating in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols enforcing Missouri's DWI laws and keeping impaired drivers off the road," DeLay said.

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of a driver's license, or forced use of ignition interlocks. Insurance rates also go up. Other financial consequences include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of a job or job prospects.

"Driving drunk is simply not worth all of the consequences," DeLay said. "Our message is simple and unwavering: drive sober or get pulled over."

For more information, visit the Internet at www.saveMOlives.com.

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