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Eureka Police Enforce Safer Driving

Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. Eureka police released results from a concerted effort to curb the local situation.

Local law enforcement officers intentionally honed in on impaired or aggressive drivers between Aug. 19 and Sept. 5, and tried to remind motorists to think twice about traffic safety.

officers participated in the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose." statewide program conducted during this period, especially along Interstate 44. Due to the enforcement effort, Eureka officers issued a total of 212 traffic tickets including:

  • seven driving while intoxicated;
  • 103 speeding tickets;
  • 18 no insurance tickets; and
  • 84 other violations.  

Three felony arrests also were made as a result of the crackdown.

“When we remove a drunk driver from the roads, we’re all safer,” said Chief Michael Wiegand, in a news release. “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, according to state authorities. Eureka police officials indicate that in 2010, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.

Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop C officials, which patrol the Eureka area, highlight the following possible consequences of being intoxicated while driving:  jail time; loss of driver licenses; being sentenced to use ignition interlocks; increased insurance rates; attorney fees; court costs; lost time at work; and the potential of losing one’s job or job prospects.

Recent Highway Patrol figures indicate after Interstate 70, I-44 is the second most deadly roadway in Missouri in terms of traffic fatalities. During the past five years, Missouri has recorded the highest number of fatal and serious injury crashes between July and September.

Joe Mamma September 23, 2011 at 12:52 AM
Go out on Hwy. 44 between 5-6 in the morning, you can catch any number of pick-up trucks going between 85-100 mph and tail gating. Don't know what the big hurry is to go into work?
Pam Eder September 23, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Thank you for crackiing down on the drunk driving! I hope the police department is making every effort to stop and or bust parents that are providing alcohol to our teens. Especially during homecoming!
WILSON MEJIAS September 25, 2011 at 02:16 PM
When a drunk person kills someone with a vehicle, the vehicle is the weapon. That drunk should be treated as a murderer and sentenced as such. When a drunk person is arrested in a DUI, he/she should be tried as someone who has intention to kill others. This DUI stuff is not new. We all know that it's illegal. We all know why. Each drunk should be paraded in public (ie front page newpapers, tv etc) as being a criminal for all to see.

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