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December 18, 2013

Local police to join national crackdown on drunken drivers

Police in Joplin, Carthage, Carl Junction and other local communities plan to be out in force looking for drunk or impaired drivers over the holidays.

The police departments are participating in the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’’ campaign. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement, will continue through Jan. 2.

“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,’’ said Delmar Haase, chief of the Carl Junction Police Department. “In 2012, 230 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired-driving fatality every 1 1/2 days.’’

Haase said being arrested for drunk driving brings a wide range of negative consequences. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their license to drive and steep financial consequences, such as higher vehicle insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential for losing their job.

 

 

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