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Crackdown on impaired driving kicks off in several states

PITTSBURG, Kan. - The national "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign is now underway in the U.S. through Labor Day, September 2nd, 2019.

During this time, law enforcement agencies across the country increase efforts to keep the roadways safe. Several other campaigns also aim for the same outcome.

Starting today, the Pittsburg Police Department will join other Kansas agencies in the "You Drink. You Drive. You Lose" campaign. It's underwritten by the Kansas Department of Transportation.

According to KDOT, alcohol and other drugs are implicated in 40% of the crash deaths on Kansas roads. Over the past five years the average proportion of fatality crashes attributable to such chemical impairment was 23%, or almost one-fourth of all fatality crashes. 

The agency also reports that crashes involving at least one impaired driver are likely to be more severe than are other crashes.  

According to Police Chief Brent Narges, this enforcement campaign is intended to remind drivers of several things:

  • If you're going to drink alcohol away from home, do it responsibly.
  • Check your medications for driving warnings.
  • A DUI arrest can cost you thousands and, in the case of alcohol, will result in the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
  • We are asking all citizens on the roadways to watch for suspicious driving behaviors.
  • You can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving and other traffic laws, not just during this enforcement campaign but all through the year.
  • Always remember that your best protection against an impaired driver (even when it's you) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints — every trip, every time.

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