STATEWIDE ‘DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER’ ENFORCEMENT CAMPAIGN BEGINS LATER THIS WEEK

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide enforcement campaign begins later this week. The campaign seeks to emphasize the importance of always driving sober by coupling safety messaging with increased enforcement efforts.

In 2018, 198 people were killed and 539 seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

You are urged to consider some of the consequences if you choose to drive impaired:

· If you cause a fatal crash while impaired, you can be charged with involuntary manslaughter – a felony resulting in up to seven years in prison, a $5,000 fine or both.

· Your license can be suspended for 90 days on your first conviction. You could be fined up to $500 and spend up to 6 months in jail.

· Any person guilty of a second or subsequent intoxication-related traffic offense will be required to install an ignition interlock device on his or her car before being able to drive legally again.

· Additionally, minors may be subject to a Minor in Possession citation resulting in license suspension for 90 days for a first offense. This is in addition to any suspension resulting from point assessment on an alcohol conviction.

· Insurance coverage may be difficult to find, and your rates will be significantly higher.

· There is the added embarrassment, humiliation and potential loss and consequence after informing family, friends and employers.

· You might end up taking someone’s life.

The “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” statewide enforcement campaign runs Friday, August 16, through Monday, September 2.

To learn more about substance-impaired driving and how you can Arrive Alive, visit saveMOlives.com.