CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Local police will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Fourth of July weekend "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over ' crackdown on substance-impaired driving.
The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Cape Girardeau, will run from July 3-5, 2015.
The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown includes high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving over the Fourth of July weekend holiday.
Cape Girardeau police say its officers will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired by alcohol and/or drugs.
Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol and/or drugs.
The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation's continuing impaired-driving epidemic.
"Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators," said Chief Wes Blair. "In 2014, 197 people were killed and 681 seriously injured on Missouri's roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver."
Chief Blair added that the Fourth of July Weekend holiday is particularly dangerous.
During the holiday weekend in 2014, 170 substance-impaired arrests were made statewide.
"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," said Chief Blair.
"By joining this effort, we will make Cape Girardeau's roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday."