PCPD to join law enforcement effort

Saturday, March 18, 2017

St. Patrick's crackdown aims to reduce fatalities

The Pierce City Police Department will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide St. Patrick's holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" impaired driving crackdown. The effort will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Pierce City and will run through Sunday, March 19.

Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz said officers will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

"Every year, about one-third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators," said Abramovitz. "In 2016, a total of 179 people were killed and 643 seriously injured on Missouri's roadways in crashed that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

"Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Pierce City's roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday."

Pierce City officers want to remind motorists that getting behind the wheel while impaired is a bad decision.

"Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair a driver's ability to operate a vehicle safely, it impairs their judgement and good sense as to whether they can or should drive," Abramovitz said. "If anyone has any doubt about their sobriety, they should not get behind the wheel. Those choosing to drive impaired will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses."

Abramovitz noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life. Substance-impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver's license, and steep financial consequences, such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, loss of time at work and the potential loss of a job.

"Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk," Abramovitz said. "We urge motorists not to take that chance. We will be out in force and we will be watching, so 'Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over.'"

For more information on the Drive Sober campaign, visit www.saveMOlives.com.