Source: US State of Missouri
JEFFERSON CITY – You don’t have to be from another planet or have a magic transformative word to be a super hero to your friends. Just help them choose a sober ride home. So many heroic options are available to prevent the dangerous and deadly act of driving under the influence of alcohol.
In the last three years, there were 33 fatal crashes and 123 serious injury crashes involving an impaired driver under the age of 21. As a result of making this wrong choice, 46 people died and 168 were seriously injured in these crashes.
Law enforcement will be on the lookout for underage impaired driving May 2-13 with a high-visibility enforcement campaign. Timing of the campaign will coincide with statewide prom and graduation dates, which are often when teens and young adults consume alcohol.
“This is a very impactful campaign,” said Jon Nelson, MoDOT assistant to the state highway safety and traffic engineer. “The futures of today’s teens can be quickly shattered by the consequences of one moment – one careless decision to get behind the wheel while impaired.”
Missouri has a Zero Tolerance Law. If you are under 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 jail time, the loss of driver’s licenses or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Other financial impacts include higher insurance rates, attorney fees and court costs. Worst of all, it could cost someone their life.
Please remember that a seatbelt is your best defense in any traffic crash. Buckle up, phone down and Arrive Alive. For more information, please visit saveMOlives.com or on social media at Save MO Lives.