New campaign targets drunk drivers

As part of a national enforcement campaign, the Missouri State Highway Patrol is participating in the â??Drive Sober or Get Pulled Overâ?? campaign.

The campaign will start August 16 and run through September 2. During that time, troopers will be conducting DWI enforcement programs in the Troop B region. Those programs include DWI saturations and sobriety checkpoints.

â??Part of that enforcement program is to get all available law enforcement throughout the nation to focus their efforts on one specific time frame to enforce DWI, enforce traffic laws and stepping up those efforts,â?? said Sgt. Brent Bernhardt, Mo. State Highway Patrol.

The patrol says impaired driving is not worth the consequences and the patrol will continue to vigorously enforce Missouri's DWI laws.

On July 19, 2013, members of the Mo. State Highway Patrol and the Adair County Sheriff's Office conducted a sobriety checkpoint on Mo. Highway 6 at Potter Trail in Adair County. The checkpoint began at 11 p.m. on July 19 and concluded at 3 a.m. on July 20. Officers checked 190 vehicles, made 16 arrests, and issued 13 warnings. The following is a list of enforcement contacts during the checkpoint:

2-- Arrests for driving while intoxicated

1-- Citation issued for a seat belt violation

6 --Citations for driverâ??s license violations

1 --Citation for an insurance violation

1-- Citation for a non-moving violation

2-- Arrests for person under 21 years of age possessing intoxicating liquor

1-- Misdemeanor warrant arrest

1-- Arrest for a criminal misdemeanor offense

1-- Arrest for a felony drug violation

"The Missouri State Highway Patrol takes drinking and driving very seriously," stated Captain James E. Wilt, commanding officer of Troop B, Macon. "The Patrol will be holding other special enforcement operations throughout the year in an effort to make our highways safer. If drinking alcohol is part of your plans, choose a designated driver."

The Patrol encourages motorists and watercraft operators to protect themselves by making sure everyone in the vehicle is properly restrained in a seat belt or child restraint and everyone in the vessel is wearing an approved life jacket.