The scheduled dates include the weekends of May 4-5, May 18-19, May 25-26, June 8-9, and July 20-21.
Sobriety checkpoints are a part of the HPD’s efforts to enforce Missouri’s DWI laws and to keep impaired drivers off the road. Drunk driving contributes to nearly 30% of all Missouri traffic fatalities. In 2011, 218 people were killed and 867 seriously injured in crashes state-wide involving intoxicated drivers.
The message Hazelwood police officers want to convey to local residents is “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.” During this time of year, more people are out on the roads driving because of the nicer weather, busier schedules, and the upcoming Memorial Day weekend which is the unofficial start of summer. And, many more teens are behind the wheel going to prom celebrations, graduation, and doing fun activities with friends after the school year ends.
“All of us can share the roadways and arrive at our destinations safely if we drive responsibly, and not when we’re intoxicated,” said Hazelwood Police Chief Carl Wolf. “Our department will be conducting sobriety checkpoints and stepping up enforcement of Missouri’s DWI laws in order to keep impaired drivers off the road. We don’t want to see innocent people killed or injured in crashes caused by drunk drivers.”
Chief Wolf also reminds teen drivers that Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. “If you’re under the age of 21, your license will be suspended if you’re caught driving with even a trace of alcohol in your system,” he added.
The consequences of being arrested for drunk driving can be substantial. They range from jail time to the loss of driving privileges, and the mandatory use of ignition interlock devices to hefty fines up to $5,000. Other financial repercussions include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential of losing one’s job or job prospects.
“Driving drunk is simply not worth all the consequences,” stated Chief Wolf. “Our message is simple and unwavering: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. If you’re impaired when we pull you over at a sobriety checkpoint or during a traffic stop, you will be arrested.”
The Missouri State Highway Patrol urges all citizens to report any vehicle they observe operating in a careless manner. The public can contact the Highway Patrol toll-free at 1-800-525-5555 or on their cellular phone at *55.
For more information, contact Sgt. Timothy Burger, HPD Supervisor of the Special Operations Group – Traffic Management Team, at (314) 513-5228. Also, visit www.saveMOlives.com for more details.