Franklin County Sheriff Deputies arrest 23 for DWI

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Union, MO - Missouri roads are safer, thanks to law enforcement cracking down on impaired drivers and working to make sure motorists think twice about traffic safety Aug. 19 - Sept. 5.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office participated in the "You Drink & Drive. You Lose." crackdown conducted Aug. 19-Sept. 5. During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of 76 traffic tickets including: 23 driving while intoxicated; 60 speeding tickets; and 5 safety belt tickets. Deputies also made 9 felony arrests, 4 drug arrests, and apprehended 9 fugitives. Of the 23 driving while intoxicated arrests 10 were made at sobriety checkpoints.
Deputies conducted 5 sobriety checkpoints during the enforcement period at Old Highway 100 and Highway T, Highway W, Highway K and Old Highway K, Highway 185 and Highway AC, and Highway H and Seminary Road. Throughout the crackdown deputies stopped 502 vehicles.

Sergeant Tom Leasor said, "When we remove a drunk driver from the roads, we're all safer.  Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to drive sober."

Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. In 2010, 234 people were killed and 957 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.