Franklin County Sheriff’s Office Cracks Down on Impaired Driving

Union, MO – Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving.

Law Enforcement officers across Missouri will be cracking down on drunk driving with increased enforcement March 14-17.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in this effort.

“It’s never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers could lose their license, pay large fines, or worst of all, cause a tragic loss of life,” said Sergeant Thomas Leasor.

“The only safe driver is one that is completely sober.”

In 2012, 231 people were killed and 841 seriously injured on Missouri roadways in crashes involving alcohol and drugs.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting sobriety checkpoints during weekend of March 14-17.

Locations will strategically be established based on alcohol related crash data.

Deputies will also be working overtime shifts in conjunction with the efforts of the Traffic Safety/DWI Unit. These efforts are conducted in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety Division as funding for deputies to work overtime, along with equipment used for enforcement, is provided by them.

Franklin County ranks high among all Missouri counties for drinking involved traffic crashes. According to Missouri State Highway Patrol data, Franklin County ranks 2nd among all counties for fatal drinking involved crashes and 3rd among all Missouri counties for major disabling drinking involved crashes. Franklin County ranks 4th among all counties for all drinking involved crashes.