officers participated in Missouri's Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over crackdown conducted July 3 – 8. During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of 26 traffic tickets including:
- one driving while intoxicated;
- four liquor violations;
- two drug violations and 19 other traffic violations.
One felony arrest and two fugitive arrests also were made as a result of the crackdown, according to police reports.
“When we remove a drunk driver from the roads, we’re all safer,” said Eureka Police Chief Michael Wiegand. “Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to drive sober.”
Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri, said Wiegand. In 2011, 220 people were killed and 902 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver, according to Missouri highway safety statistics.