Florissant Police Cracking Down on Impaired Drivers

The Florissant police department will be participating in the 2012 Holiday DWI Enforcement Campaign, funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation Highway Safety, to stop people from driving impaired this holiday season. Enforcement efforts will be increased December 10 -16 and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

The department issued a release stating that losing a loved one during the holiday season is a tragedy no one should have to endure. Impaired diving is a preventable crime, and the members of the Florissant police department intend to crack down so drivers feel secure when traveling on Missouri roadways.

The department asks drivers to consider some of the consequences for those caught driving while intoxicated:

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.

In 2011, 234 people were killed and 945 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.

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