New Haven Police Department Cracking Down On Impaired Drivers Dec. 6-13 - Drink and Drive you will lose

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New Haven, Mo. - The New Haven Police Department will be participating in the 2012 Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign to stop people from driving impaired during this Holiday season.

Enforcement efforts will be increased December 10-16 and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

Chief John Sheible said, “Losing family during the holidays is a tragedy. Losing them because someone chose to drive after drinking too much just compounds the pain.”

“If that’s not enough of a reason, think about the cost. First convictions, you pay for the attorney, fines and lose your license for 90 days. Second DWI, a heavier fine; lose your license for a year, and an ignition interlock system to test your breath before letting you start your car is installed.  Three strikes your out.  Your third DWI conviction can land you in jail for seven years! It’s not worth it.”

Officers will be pulling over vehicles for any violation in their search for intoxicated or drunk drivers.

In past years, officers during a crackdown such as this have discovered drugs, drivers intoxicated by drugs or alcohol, made warrant arrests, and have found a lost driver who had been bitten by a poisonous snake and was searching for a hospital.

In 2011, 234 people were killed and 945 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.

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