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  • Morgan County Sheriff's Office to hold DWI checkpoint

  • The Morgan County Sheriff's Office has announced that it will be holding a driving while intoxicated checkpoint to deter drunk driving as well as ensure drivers have a valid driver's license.
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  • The Morgan County Sheriff's Office has announced that it will be holding a driving while intoxicated checkpoint this week to be conducted sometime between July 9 and July 12 in the hours of 5 p.m.-3 a.m.
    The checkpoint will be clearly marked and vehicles will be selected to move through the check lanes on a pre-set basis to ensure objectivity and timeliness, a press release from the sheriff's office states.
    The sheriff's office reminds drivers that law enforcement officers throughout Morgan County will be out in force to make sure that drunk drivers don't cause tragedy on the roads this year.
    The primary purpose of a DWI checkpoint is to deter drunk driving.
    According to a recent study released by the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, substance impaired drivers contributed to almost 29 percent of Missouri's roadway fatalities from 2009-2011 with alcohol being the primary substance involved in these crashes.
    There were 652 fatal crashes with substance-impaired drivers involved from 2009-2011 with 714 people killed in those crashes. Serious injury crashes with substance-impaired drivers involved totaled 2,179 over that time period with 2,929 people seriously injured.
    In 2011, there were 198 fatal crashes involving substance-impaired drivers and 672 serious injury crashes related to substance-impaired drivers. In these crashes, 221 were killed and 900 seriously injured.
    This DWI checkpoint is an effort to reduce these tragedies as well as ensuring drivers have a valid driver's license.
    The report also shows that 15 percent of fatal crashes over the three year period involved drivers who were unlicensed, revoked or suspended. There were 378 fatalities and 2,036 people seriously injured in crashes involving this type of driver.
    Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driving privileges, sentencing to use ignition interlocks and increased insurance rates. Financial losses include attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work and the potential loss of a job.

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