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Higher Than Normal DWI Arrests Lead Police to Crack Down on Drunk Driving

The Springfield Police Department will be conducting a DWI Checkpoint over the weekend. The department says, statistics from July show DWI related arrests are up slightly this year. KSMU’s Rebekah Clark has more.

According to the National Highway and Transportation Administration, in 2010, 234 people in Missouri were killed and 957 people were seriously injured in crashes involving alcohol.

In Springfield, as of July this year, the SPD has made 755 DWI related arrests, which, according to Officer David Snider, is higher than normal.

“Actually, compared to last year at this time, we are right at about fifty arrests higher, as of July.”

Because of the rise in alcohol related arrests, the SPD will be conducting a DWI checkpoint this weekend. The purpose of the checkpoint is to crack down on impaired drivers and remove them from the streets. Officer Snider reiterated that people who drink have to do so responsibly.

“Well we just want to emphasize that if you’re going to drink, drink responsibly, make sure you have a designated driver. And just remember you drink, you drive, you will lose in the long run.”

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of driving privileges, increased insurance rates, and high financial fees. The most serious consequences result in the loss of human life.

For KSMU News, I’m Rebekah Clark.