Captain Gregory D. Kindle, commanding officer of Troop F, Jefferson City, announced Troop F officers will be participating in the statewide 2013 Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign in an effort to stop people from driving impaired this holiday season. Enforcement efforts will be increased from Dec. 13, through Jan. 4, 2014, and will focus on reducing deaths and injuries caused by impaired drivers.
Impaired drivers killed 231 people and injured 3,984 in Missouri in 2012.
That year, there were 762 fatal traffic crashes, of which, 215--or 28.2 percent--involved an alcohol- or drug-impaired driver. Those impaired drivers made a choice to endanger themselves and others.
Thus far in 2013, alcohol- and drug-impaired drivers have killed 151 people and injured 2,019. Alcohol or drug impairment has accounted for 127 of the 523 fatal traffic crashes in Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol strongly encourages everyone to make the right choice: Drive sober.
The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket. Click It 4 Life and Wear It!