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Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office To Participate in NHTSA Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office To Participate in NHTSA Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign

“Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine”

 

Motorists enjoying the first signs of summer are advised to maintain the speed limit as they travel. Between July 21 – 23, Lawrence County will join participating law enforcement from Kansas, Iowa, Missouri , Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma in Regional Speed Enforcement Campaign.  Officers will be on the lookout for those who are traveling above the speed limit on all roadways.

Law Enforcement officers across the state will patrol approximately 869 miles of roadway. By concentrating law enforcement on high traffic corridors, organizers hope to put motorists on guard and encourage safe driving.

Local Impact

“Speeding is a serious problem on Lawrence County roadways and has contributed to multiple traffic crashes, especially those that resulted in deaths. Too many of our fellow citizens are impacted by drivers who drive too fast for the road conditions or exceed the speed limit,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  “In order to get drivers to slow down and reduce the number of crashes and fatalities, we plan to intensify enforcement of posted speed limits in Lawrence County.  We’ll stop and ticket anyone caught speeding,” he said.

National Impact

Nationwide, approximately 9,536 crash fatalities in 2015 were related to a driver exceeding the speed limit or driving too fast for conditions. Eighty0-six percent of all speeding-related traffic fatalities occurred on local roads where the posted speed limits were 55 miles per hour or under.  A crash is considered speeding-related if the driver was exceeding the posted speed limit or driving too fast for conditions at the time.

“Our goal is to save lives and we’re putting all drivers on alert – the posted speed limit IS THE LAW. No more warnings and no more excuses.  When it comes to speeding:  Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine,” said Sheriff DeLay.

For more information please visit http://trafficsafetymarketing.gov/.

 

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office’s Fourth (4th) of July Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Enforcement a Success

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office’s Fourth (4th) of July Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ Enforcement a Success

Declaring Lawrence County’s participation in the national Fourth (4th) of July Holiday Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance-impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office reported that one (1) substance-impaired driving arrest, one (1) other significant arrest and ten (10) citations were made during the enforcement period, which ran from June 30-July 4, 2017.  142 warnings for various other violations were issued.

“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 individual,” he said. “Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America’s highways.”

In 2016, there were 233 fatalities and 700 serious injuries that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every 1-3/4 days.  During the July 1-4, 2016 holiday period, two (2) people were killed and ten (10) seriously injured in crashes involving at least one substance-impaired driver.

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

 

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Joins National Fourth (4th) of July Holiday Crackdown to Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign Will Target Substance-Impaired Drivers

Local deputies will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide Fourth (4th) of July Holiday "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement through Lawrence County, will run from June 30-July 4, 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 over the Fourth (4th) of July Holiday.

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 too much alcohol.  Not only are alcohol impaired drivers a threat to others, new statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicate drugged driving has now surpassed drunk driving in fatal crashes.  NHTSA's research shows in 2015, drugs were present in 43% of the fatally-injured drivers more frequently than alcohol was present.

"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, 233 people were killed and 700 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 1 3/4 days.

Sheriff DeLay added the Fourth (4th) of July holiday is particularly dangerous.  During the Fourth (4th) of July holiday July 1-4, 2016, two (2) people were killed and ten (10) seriously injured involving at least one 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 Lawrence County's roadways safer for everyone thought 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 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," 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 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.

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

 

May 2017 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC May 2017
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 2
SPEEDING 41
FAIL TO REGISTER 14
LANE VIOLATION 6
FAIL TO STOP 13
NO INSURANCE 1
NO SEATBELT 0
C AND I DRIVING 6
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 13
NO FRONT PLATE 1
INVESTIGATIVE 5
WARRANT ARREST 5
OTHER HMV 4
OTHER NON HMV 2
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 100
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 11
TOTAL WARNINGS 88
CALLS FOR SERVICE May 2017
STEALING/THEFT 19
BURGLARY 14
PROPERTY DAMAGE 10
ASSAULT 3
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 30
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 4
NARCOTICS 2
HARASSMENT 7
ALARM 25
FIRES 7
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 12
TRESPASS 6
CIVIL MATTER 13
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 53
DEATH 1
MOTORIST ASSIST 6
911 HANG UP 23
CHECK WELL BEING 18
ANIMAL 23
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 16
MEDICAL 9
CHECK VEHICLE 16
CITIZEN CONCERN 54
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 7
MISCELLANEOUS 43
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 6
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 431
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 17
   

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of Click It or Ticket Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office participated in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization conducted May 22 - June 4.  During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of eight (8) traffics including two (2) seat belt tickets; three (3) speeding tickets and three (3) other tickets for hazardous moving violations.  One felony arrest, one drug arrest and three fugitives were apprehended as well.  161 warnings were issued for various other violations as a result of the crackdown.

"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."

Six out of 10 people killed in Missouri traffic crashes are unbuckled.  Missouri's seat belt use has remained relatively unchanged in the last six years.  Missouri has an 81 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 88 percent.  Tees and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 70 and 69 percent.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For more information on Missouri's seat belt use, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

Lawrence County's Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign a Success

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.

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

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Participate in Click It or Ticket Enforcement

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.

 

April 2017 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC April 2017
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 4
SPEEDING 26
FAIL TO REGISTER 12
LANE VIOLATION 6
FAIL TO STOP 3
NO INSURANCE 1
NO SEATBELT 2
C AND I DRIVING 2
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 8
NO FRONT PLATE 2
INVESTIGATIVE 1
WARRANT ARREST 9
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 1
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 61
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 5
TOTAL WARNINGS 56
CALLS FOR SERVICE April 2017
STEALING/THEFT 10
BURGLARY 4
PROPERTY DAMAGE 15
ASSAULT 2
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 26
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 5
NARCOTICS 2
HARASSMENT 7
ALARM 24
FIRES 12
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 22
TRESPASS 4
CIVIL MATTER 15
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 76
DEATH 2
MOTORIST ASSIST 7
911 HANG UP 30
CHECK WELL BEING 29
ANIMAL 21
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 28
MEDICAL 17
CHECK VEHICLE 23
CITIZEN CONCERN 52
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 3
MISCELLANEOUS 47
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 5
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 484
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 28
   

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office's Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign Joins National Crackdown

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.

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

 

 

 

 

 

Lawrence County Deputy Receives Award from M.A.D.D.

 

 

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.

 

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