Franklin County Sheriff’s Department Cracking Down On Holiday DUI

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Mo. - To Reduce Substance-Impaired Driving Fatalities the “Holiday DWI Crackdown” Campaign Will Target Substance-Impaired Drivers in Franklin County.

Beginning mid-December through New Year's Day, Deputies will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide "Holiday DWI Campaign" crackdown on substance-impaired driving

The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Franklin County, will run from December 12, 2014 through January 1, 2015.

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to substance-impaired driving over the holidays.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office said its Deputies will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving substance-impaired.

Every year about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators, said Sgt. Steve Pelton. "In 2014, 223 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every five days.”

Sgt. Steve Pelton added that holidays such as the Christmas and New Year's Eve holiday are particularly dangerous. There were 41 people killed and 242 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between December 13, 2013 and January 1. 2014. Four of the fatalities and 32 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.

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.

By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Franklin County's roadways safer for everyone throughout the Christmas and New Year's Holiday; we want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a terrible idea,” Said Sgt. Steve Pelton.