Arrive Alive

If You Feel Different You Drive Different

JEFFERSON CITY – The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to substance-impaired driving crashes. Alcohol, illegal drugs and even over-the-counter drugs cause impairment. Local law enforcement will be out in full force July 3-7 with increased efforts to seek impaired drivers. No warnings. No excuses. If you drive impaired, you will be arrested. Don’t risk losing your independence by choosing to drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs. 

“Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs has serious consequences,” said Nicole Hood, MoDOT highway safety and traffic engineer. “In 2018, law enforcement made 137 substance-impaired driving related arrests during the Fourth of July impaired driving campaign across the state.”

Often, people have a hard time recuperating financially from the cost of an arrest or the crash itself. Violators risk killing or harming others, face jail time, the loss of their driver licenses, higher insurance rates and dozens of other unanticipated expenses from attorney fees, fines and court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work.

There were four people killed and 22 seriously injured in traffic crashes in Missouri over the 2018 July Fourth holiday. Of the 26 people killed or injured, seven were involved in a crash where there was at least one substance-impaired driver.

The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety recommends these simple tips to avoid a drunk-driving disaster:

Plan a safe way home before the fun begins.
Before drinking, designate a sober driver.
If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely.
If you happen to see an impaired driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call local law enforcement.
Always wear your seat belt.  It’s your best defense in any traffic crash.

Buckle up and put your phone down. For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.  #BUPD

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