Crack down on impaired drivers Dec. 5-12

Richmond Police Department will participate in a 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,” Cpl. Brandon Clariday said. “Impaired driving is a preventable crime, and we intend to crack down so drivers feel secure when traveling on Missouri roadways.”

Individuals caught driving while intoxicated face the following consequences:

• 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 yearlong 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.

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