Lawrence County Sheriffs' patrol officers conducted a crackdown on impaired drivers over the July Fourth holiday, resulting in 17 tickets issued to motorists violating the law.
Officers participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign from July 3 through July 8 issues tickets for the following violations: eight speeding tickets, one child restraint violation, one suspended license violation, and three uninsured motorist violations. Two people were arrested for driving while intoxicated and two felony arrests were made.
Officers also issued 82 warnings for various traffic infractions.
"When we remove drunk drivers from the roads, we're all safer," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make the simple, smart choice to drive sober."
Driving while intoxicated is one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. Last year, 220 people were killed and 902 were seriously injured in crashed involving an impaired driver.
DeLay will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Missouri Sheriff's Association magazine. He will be featured for accomplishments achieved by the department, including maintaining the victim's advocate position, renovations to the facility, inmates' pink jumpsuits, the jail menu and the inmate trash pickup program.
The issue will be available in September, and available as an online resource for the first time at www.mosheriffs.com.
In June, officers reported: 94 speeding violations, 19 failure to register stops and 28 non-hazardous motor vehicle violations, along with 24 reports of stealing, 43 disturbance reports, 20 motor vehicle crashes, 62 officer assist requests, 30 check well-being calls and 29 animal related calls.
In June officers made a total of 141 traffic stops, issued 34 citations and 124 warnings. Officers also received 554 calls for service, made 21 arrests and conducted 11 extra patrols.