Declaring Lawrence County's participation in the States May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance-impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office reported one (1) substance-impaired driving arrest, seven (7) other significant arrests and fifteen (15) citations were made during the enforcement period. Approximately 150 warnings were issued for various other hazardous moving violations during the enforcement which ran May 4, 15, 2017.
"I am proud of our Deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region's roadways safer," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.
"Substance-Impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals," Sheriff DeLay said. "Each year, impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America's highways. "There were 196 people killed and 652 seriously injure din 2016 Missouri traffic crashers that involved at least one substance-impaired driver (Alcohol and/or drugs). That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driving involved fatality every two days."
A substance-impaired driver less than 21 years of age was involved in 12 of the fatalities and 66 of the serious injures.
During May 5 - 16, 2016, two (2) people were killed and 25 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver (Alcohol and/or drugs).
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year's Youth Alcohol Enforcement "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 22 - June 4 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt violations.
Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled. And even with all the advancements in automobile safety an education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri's seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years and consistently below the national average.
Missouri has an 81 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 88 percent. Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those lest likely to buckle up at 70 and 69 percent.
"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," said Sheriff Brad DeLay. "We will be pulling out all the stops to ensure motorists are buckling up."
Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seat belt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
|FAIL TO REGISTER||12|
|FAIL TO STOP||3|
|C AND I DRIVING||2|
|NO FRONT PLATE||2|
|OTHER NON HMV||1|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS||61|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS||5|
|CALLS FOR SERVICE||April 2017|
|MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||22|
|911 HANG UP||30|
|CHECK WELL BEING||29|
|FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS||28|
|EXTRA PATROL REQUEST||5|
|TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE||484|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS||28|
Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance-impaired driving crackdown. The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Lawrence County, will run form May4-15, 2017.
The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.
Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs. The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation's continuing drunk driving epidemic.
"Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators," said Sheriff Brad DeLay. "In 2016 196 people were killed and 652 seriously injured on Missouri's roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver." That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driver involved fatality every (2) two days.
Sheriff DeLay added during the Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign May 5 -16, 2016, 10 people were seriously injured involving at least one substance-impaired driver that was under 21 years of age.
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 Lawrence County's roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday." said Sheriff DeLay.
"We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea. Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence 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 an doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheeler. If you do chose to dive impaired, you will be arrested. No warnings. Nor excuses," Sheriff DeLay said.
Sheriff DeLay noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life. Substance-impaired 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 their job. When family, friends and co-workers find out, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.
"Driving while impaired 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 Sheriff DeLay.
Sgt. Jon Ford with the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office was honored by Mother's Against Drunk Drivers (M.A.D.D.) as the top deputy in Lawrence County for impaired driving arrests in 2016.
M.A.D.D. held it's annual awards and recognition banquet in Joplin on Tuesday April 18, 2017 in which it acknowledge the hard work of area officers for combating impaired drivers on roadways in Missouri.
This is the second year in a row that Sgt. Ford has won the award for Lawrence County.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office ticketed six (6) motorists for not wearing seat belts during the April 13 Click It or Ticket mobilization. Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.
During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of thirteen (13) traffic citations including six (6) seat belt tickets; one (1) Suspended/Revoked license and six (6) tickets for various other non-hazardous moving violations. 33 warnings for other violations were also issued.
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in five Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Even more concerning, six out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash," stated Sheriff Brad DeLay. "We will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive."
For more information on Missouri's seat belt use, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on April 13 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 20 percent of Missouri motorists are still not making it click. Even worse, 63 percent of occupants killed in crashes in Missouri were unrestrained.
"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay. "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a 700 hour basic law enforcement academy starting August 10, 2017. Those who successfully complete the academy will have a Missouri class A peace officer license. Along with the license, graduates will be certified in several other law enforcement areas.
The academy will be Tuesday and Thursday nights, Saturday days and some Sundays. The academy end June 2018. Cost for the academy is $5,000.00 plus fees. Those wishing to apply can download an application from www.mosheriffs.com.
If anyone has further questions, they can contact the Missouri Sheriff's Association through their website or the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 417-466-2131.
Financial Aid is available through Missouri State University.
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office participated in the statewide youth seat belt mobilization conducted March 15-31. During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of five (5) traffic tickets including: two (2) seat belt tickets; one (1) speeding ticket and two (2) other tickets for traffic violations. Two (2) felony arrests were made and one fugitive was apprehended as a result of the crackdown. 44 warnings were issued for other various traffic offenses.
"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash," stated Sheriff Brad DeLay. "Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive."
Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 33 percent of teens do not buckle up. Eight out of ten Missouri teens killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.
Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com.
|FAIL TO REGISTER||16|
|FAIL TO STOP||7|
|C AND I DRIVING||12|
|NO FRONT PLATE||0|
|OTHER NON HMV||6|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS||68|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS||11|
|CALLS FOR SERVICE||March 2017|
|MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT||20|
|911 HANG UP||27|
|CHECK WELL BEING||19|
|FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS||23|
|EXTRA PATROL REQUEST||3|
|TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE||488|
|TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS||19|