Deputies to step up DWI enforcement
Friday, December 4, 2009
Boone County sheriff’s deputies will work extra shifts next week to step up impaired driving enforcement for the holiday season.
The deputies’ mission of removing impaired drivers from the roadways is in collaboration with a statewide DWI enforcement initiative taking place Monday through Dec. 13, according to a Boone County Sheriff’s Department news release. The effort is funded by a grant through the Missouri Safety Center by the Missouri Department of Transportation’s Division of Highway Safety.
In 2008, 262 people were killed and 1,113 were seriously injured in crashes involving impaired drivers, according to the Division of Highway Safety.
Next week’s enforcement effort comes after stepped-up patrols across the state last weekend for the Thanksgiving holiday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol, which provided extra manpower and assigned troopers at 10-mile increments on major highways, reported there were three fatalities during the four-day holiday period, the fewest since 1984.