Police to crack down on drunk driving over holidays

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This holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is partnering with the Crestwood Police Department and the St. Louis County Police Department to share the message about the dangers of drunk driving.

NHTSA and the Crestwood Police Department want all drivers to remember this lifesaving message: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over. In support of the law enforcement community’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, officers will be working together through Jan. 1 to take drunk drivers off the roads.

“It’s so important that drivers act responsibly, and that includes refraining from impaired driving,” Crestwood Police Sergeant Chris Midyett said. “The holidays are a special time of year for most, and we really want our community members to enjoy this season. We need commitment from our drivers that they’ll keep the roads free of drunk drivers so that everyone can have a safe holiday. This is a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior.”

Drunk driving can cost people their lives and it can be costly for any perpetrator financially — jail time, attorney fees and fines are all possible. In the event someone who has been drinking needs a ride, try to arrange one in any way possible.

For more information about the 2021 Holiday Season Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit https://www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.