Cape Girardeau police to crack down on impaired driving for holiday weekend

Cape Girardeau police to crack down on impaired driving for holiday weekend

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."

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