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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 9, 2014    

CONTACT: Sergeant Heun 417-781-9494    

The Duquesne Police Department Joins National Crackdown To Reduce Substance-Impaired Driving Fatalities    

‘Holiday DWI Crackdown’ Campaign Will Target Substance-Impaired Drivers  

Duquesne Missouri – From mid-December through New Year’s Day, local police will be out in force as part of the annual nationwide “Holiday DWI Campaign” crackdown on substance-impaired driving. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout the City of Duquesne will run from December 12, 2014 through January 1, 2015.    

The effective nationwide drunk driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to substance-impaired driving over the holidays.    

Chief Kitch, Duquesne police department said its Officers will be aggressively looking for drunk drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving substance-impaired. Although it is illegal in all 50 States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation still get behind the wheel after consuming too much alcohol. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation’s continuing substance-impaired driving epidemic.    

“Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more impaired drivers or motorcycle operators,” said Chief Kitch “In 2014, 223 people died in Missouri crashes involving impaired drivers. That works out to approximately one impaired driving fatality every 1 ½ days.” Kitch added that holidays such as the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday are particularly dangerous.   There were 41 people killed and 242 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes between December 13, 2013 and January 1, 2014. Four of the fatalities and 32 of the serious injuries involved a substance-impaired driver.    

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 The City of Duquesne’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the Christmas and New Year’s Holiday,” said Kitch.  

“We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does drinking 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,” Kitch said.    

Kitch noted that being arrested for substance-impaired driving brings a wide range of negative consequences into one’s life. Drunk drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.    

“Substance-impaired driving is simply not worth the risk. So don’t take the chance. Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’” said Kitch.   

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com




CITY OFFICE
WILL BE
CLOSED

December 25, 2014
January 1, 2015


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Court: for citations Issued in December
Date: Jan 13, 2015
Time: 3:30PM
Location: 1501 S Duquesne Rd., Joplin, MO 64801

Court: for citations Issued in January
Date: Feb 10, 2015 
Time: 3:30PM
Location: 1501 S Duquesne Rd., Joplin, MO 64801
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City Council Meeting:       
Date: Jan 12, 2015
Time: 7:00pm

City Council Work Session:
Date: Jan 12, 2015
Time: 6:30pm
Location: 1501 Duquesne Rd., Joplin, MO 64801

Public Hearing:
Date: Jan 12, 2015
Time: 7:05pm
Location: 1501 Duquesne Rd., Joplin, MO 64801

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Planning & Zoning Committee:
Date: Jan 5, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: 1501 Duquesne Rd., Joplin, MO 64801


Public Hearing:
Date: Jan 5, 2015
Time: 7:05pm
Location: 1501 Duquesne Rd., Joplin, MO 64801



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