The Rolla Police Department will be participating in the Statewide Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign to stop people from driving impaired this holiday season. Enforcement efforts will be increased Dec. 5-12 and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.
“Losing a loved one during the holiday season is a tragedy no one should have to endure,” said Sgt. Tim Mayfield. “Impaired driving is a preventable crime, and we intend to crack down so drivers feel secure when traveling on Missouri’s roadways.”
Consider some of the consequences if you are caught driving while intoxicated:
- For the first conviction (or first conviction in over five years), your license will be suspended for 30 days followed by a 60-day suspension if a hardship license is not obtained.
- A second conviction results in a $1,000 fine, a year-long revocation of your license and up to a year in jail. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock system on your vehicle, preventing your car from starting when you have alcohol on your breath.
- Third and subsequent convictions can be penalized with up to a $5,000 fine, a 10-year license denial, and/or up to seven years in jail.
- If you cause a fatal crash while intoxicated, you could be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years of jail time, a $5,000 fine or both.
In 2010, 240 people were killed and 962 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver. To learn more about impaired driving, please visit http://www.savemolives.com/.