Macon police join St. Patrick’s Day crackdown to reduce drunk driving

Law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide St. Patrick’s Day holiday “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance–impaired driving crackdown.

There will be high-visibility enforcement throughout the City of Macon during the crackdown that will run from March 16-19.

Macon Police Department said its officers will be aggressively looking for substance–impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance- impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Macon Police Chief Steve Olinger. “In 2016, 179 people were killed and 643 seriously injured on Missouri’s roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.”

Chief Olinger added that the St. Patrick’s Day holiday is particularly dangerous.

“Research has shown that high-visibility enforcement like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign reduces substance–impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent. By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Macon’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday,” Olinger added. “We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely, it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive. If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel. If you do chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. No excuses.”