officers made two drunk-driving arrests during the recent May 3–13 drunk driving crackdown, said Eureka Police Chief Michael Wiegand.
He said officers also issued the following traffic citations:
- 34 speeding tickets;
- Four no-insurance tickets; and
- 20 other traffic violations.
Two felony arrests and nine fugitive arrests were made as a result of the crackdown, said Wiegand.
It is illegal for someone under 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth comprise a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic crashes on Missouri roadways.
"Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 21, your license will be suspended if you’re caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system," said Wiegand.
The sobering fact is that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities, according to law enforcement data. In 2011 in Missouri, 220 people were killed and 916 seriously injured in crashes involving impaired drivers.