'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign launched in Dexter, MO - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign launched in Dexter, MO

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Dexter police will be out in full force as part of the annual, nationwide August/Labor Day Crackdown weekend, dubbed "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The effort will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Dexter and will run from August 19-September 7.

The crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising.

Dexter police promise to aggressively look for substance-impaired drivers and arrest anyone caught driving under the influence.

Last year, 196 people were killed and 663 seriously injured on Missouri's roads in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The August/Labor Day weekend is particularly dangerous.

Between the period of August 21 and September 7, 2015, five people were killed and 53 seriously injured in such accidents.

Substance-impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver's license, and steep financial costs like higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job.

"Driving while impaired is simply not worth the risk," said Dexter Police Lieutenant Joshua Benton.

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