Just like other municipalities around St. Louis, will be cracking down on impaired drivers in the coming weeks.
Joining forces with other Missouri law enforcement agencies, the St. Peters Police Department recently announced it will participate in statewide sobriety checkpoints and DWI saturation patrols to help enforce Missouri’s DWI laws and keep impaired drivers off the road. The crackdown will start this Friday, Aug. 17 and run until Monday, Sept. 3.
According to a release from the St. Peters Police Department "impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities." In 2011 alone, 220 people were killed and 902 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.
Drivers found to be impaired during the crackdown, or really at any time, can face jail time, the loss of their license, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Along with that, insurance rates go up and, of course, legal fees can pile up.
“Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences,” St. Peters Police Chief Tom Bishop said in a press release. “Our message is simple and unwavering: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”