Increased drunk driving enforcement aims to reduce Missouri car accidents through Labor Day

Increased drunk driving enforcement aims to reduce Missouri car accidents through Labor Day

The U.S. Department of Transportation has kicked off the annual “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest” campaign and, with the help of law enforcement in all 50 states, will be leading a nationwide crackdown through the upcoming Labor Day weekend.

St. Louis car accident lawyers are frequently called to assist victims in dealing with the tragedy caused by the senseless acts of a driver who has climbed behind the wheel after having too much to drink.

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Nationwide, about one-third of all fatal traffic accidents involve a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In 2008, drunk driving accidents claimed the lives of 11,773 motorists — an average of one death every 45 minutes. Missouri drunk driving accidentsclaimed 364 lives that year — or almost 40 percent of the state’s 960 traffic fatalities.

“Drunk driving is deadly, it’s against the law, and unfortunately, it’s still a problem,” said Secretary Ray LaHood. “With the help of law enforcement around the country, we are going to continue doing all that we can to stop drunk driving and the needless tragedies that result from this reckless behavior.”

The federal government reports that 1 in 5 Americans have driven within two hours of consuming alcohol in the past year. Yet 4 of 5 consider drunk driving a major threat to their family’s safety. Enforcement efforts will be augmented by a $13 million nationwide television campaign.

The Missouri Highway Patrol has announced plans for sobriety checkpoints in Clay County and saturation patrols in Henry, Cass, Benton and Platte counties. The checkpoint locations have been identified as having a high number of alcohol-related car accidents. Saturation patrols will also be concentrated on highway identified as having a high-number of fatal crashes and alcohol-related violations.

Motorists approaching a checkpoint are reminded to follow directions posted on signs and watch for signals from officers. Drivers will be asked to show their driver’s license and proof of insurance. Most drivers will not be asked to exit their vehicles.

“Do not let your life or someone else’s life be ruined by an alcohol-related crash or arrest,” Captain Robert Powell said. “(We) are dedicated to removing intoxicated drivers from Missouri’s highways.”

If you or a family member is seriously injured or killed in a Missouri car accident, contact St. Louis Injury Lawyer Ryan R. Cox for a free and confidential appointment to discuss your rights. Call 636-946-6886.

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