Declaring Madison County Sheriff’s Department’s participation in the national Holiday DWI Enforcement Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,” substance–impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Sheriff’s Department reported the following arrests were made; six drug arrests, two felony arrests, two fugitives apprehended, seven arrested for driving while revoked and 79 warnings for traffic violations were issued, during the enforcement period, which ran from Dec. 18, 2015 to Jan. 3, 2016. “I am proud of our deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” said Sheriff Robert “Bobby” Spain. “Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals,” Spain said. “Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America’s highways. Last year there were 197 fatal and 724 serious injury crashes in 2014 which involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every 1.75 days and one substance-impaired driving serious injury 12 hours.
During the Christmas and New Year’s Eve holiday in 2014, 25 people were killed and 81 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes. From Dec. 12, 2014 through Jan. 1, 2015, there were 50 fatalities and 272 serious injuries. Of which, seven fatalities and 48 serious injuries involved at least one substance-impaired driver.Madison County Sheriff’s Department joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year’s “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign headquarters atwww.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.