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December 13, 2007 12:00 AM
Missouri Cracks Down on Impaired Driving
You Drink & Drive. You Lose.

JEFFERSON CITY -  Going out this weekend to a holiday party?  Law enforcement officers will be out as well, cracking down on drunk driving with increased enforcement on Dec. 15.            

"Drunk driving represents a deadly disregard for human life. Far too many people suffer tragic injuries and the loss of a loved one as a result of drunk driving. It's never worth the risk," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety.

In 2006, 273 people died in more than 7,900 alcohol-related traffic crashes in Missouri, resulting in a death or injury every 1.6 hours.

We are all part of the solution. Please consider the following tips:

·        Don't risk it - if you plan to drive, don't drink.

·        Encourage safe driving behaviors among family, friends and co-workers.

·        Choose a designated driver before going out.  A designated driver is someone who drinks NO alcohol at all.

·        Take mass transit, a taxicab or ask a friend to drive you home.

·        Party hosts should include alcohol-free beverages.

·        Spend the night where the activity is being held.

·        Report impaired drivers to law enforcement.

·        Always wear your safety belt - it's your best defense against an impaired driver.

            For more information on impaired driving, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

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