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Officers Crack Down on Drunk Drivers

Local law officials are cracking down on drunk driving this St. Patrick's Day weekend.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Police Department is on the lookout for drunk drivers this St. Patrick's Day weekend.

"We will have stepped up enforcement, over the holiday weekend to include Monday," said Brendan McGinnis, St. Joseph Police Department.

They are working overtime to stop those from drinking while driving.

"We patrol the high traffic areas, as well as the back routes, to and from the bars. To the main housing additions, the colleges," said McGinnis.

Sobriety check points will be set up throughout St. Joseph.

"So, if you see those signs ahead, get in line, and we'll try to get you through those as fast as we can. And, if you are not impaired, get you right back on the road," said Sgt. Richard Ketchum, St. Joseph Police Department.

Also, more officers will be on duty.

"Look for weaving, going too fast or too slow. Any traffic violations that would give us contact with that driver," said Sgt. Ketchum.

If caught, consequences could range from a pricey fine to jail time; Not to mention the thousands of dollars you may have to pay an attorney.

"You're talking anywhere from $8,000 to $10,000 for a DWI," said McGinnis.

Officers also said it is a bad idea to wait around until sobering up.

"The body only burns .02 percent blood alcohol content per hour. For the average male and female, that's one to two beers per hour. So, if you've consumed eight to 10, 12, 14 [beers] throughout the night, you could be waiting well until the morning if you plan on that," said McGinnis.

With all that in mind, officers say the best way to keep everyone safe, is to call a cab, call a friend or walk.

Last year in Missouri, 218 people were killed and more than 600 injured as a result of alcohol related accidents.
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