With prom and graduation season here, the Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) wants to make sure local youth are celebrating safe and sober. During the weekend of May 2-3, Hazelwood police officers will be conducting two DWI Sobriety Checkpoints at separate undisclosed locations within the city limits. They also plan to implement saturation patrols all month.
It is illegal for someone under age 21 to possess or consume alcohol in Missouri, yet youth make up a significant proportion of drunk drivers causing traffic accidents on state highways. Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under age 21, your license will be suspended if you’re caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system.
Consequences of drunk driving include having your driver’s license revoked, jail time, or being sentenced to using ignition interlocks. Automobile insurance rates go up. Other financial repercussions include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of a job or of any job prospects. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators can face tremendous personal embarrassment and humiliation as well.
“Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences,” stated Chief of Police Gregg Hall, Hazelwood Police Department. “Zero tolerance means no second chances: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
Between 2011 and 2013, 85 people were killed and 318 seriously injured in Missouri roadway vehicle accidents involving an impaired driver under the age of 21.
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Local Teens Reminded to Celebrate Prom and Graduation Sober — The Hazelwood Police Department wants local teens to enjoy their high school prom and graduation, but do it without getting behind the wheel drunk. Hazelwood police officers will be on the lookout for intoxicated teenage drivers by implementing saturation patrols and conducting two DWI Sobriety Checkpoints in May.