CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KFVS) - The Cape Girardeau Police Department is one of 50 police departments throughout the state of Missouri to participate in Saturation Saturday.
The event will take place on August 24.
Saturation Saturday is a high-visibility evening where police departments step up their DWI enforcement efforts to remind the communities that they are out in full force, looking for impaired drivers.
“Summer is nearly over, and in the next several weeks leading up to the Labor Day holiday, let’s make sure we are enjoying it safely,” said Chief Wes Blair. “For many these plans will include alcohol, so we want to be sure that if they do choose to drink, they remember to have a sober driver.”
Illinois State Police officials announce their partnership with Mothers Against Drunk Driving – Illinois (MADD – Ill.), the Missouri State Highway Patrol and local and county law enforcement officers are all participating in the campaign.
According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) provisional statewide data, 2018 saw 1,035 lives lost in 951 fatal crashes in Illinois. Nationally, MADD data shows the number of drunk driving deaths is up 9 percent since 2014.
“The educational messages provided by the Illinois State Police regarding the Fatal Four are an integral component to the overall safety of our roadways,” stated Illinois State Police Acting Director Brendan F. Kelly. He continued, “This educationally focused portion of our mission will hopefully give motorists the tools they need to make better decisions behind the wheel. Because ultimately, the goal is voluntary compliance with the laws, leading to countless lives being saved.”
Last year, ISP Troopers arrested and removed 39 intoxicated drivers from Illinois roadways during the campaign.