May 13, 2010

Sheriff’s Department Steps Up Traffic Control Efforts

Traffic control is just one part of the responsibilities for local law enforcement officers, but it became priority number one over the weekend as the Scotland County Sheriff’s Department took to the streets in force as part of the Missouri You Drink & Drive, You Lose campaign.

Federal grant funding helped provide extra manpower for the expanded traffic control efforts that resulted in a number of tickets issued to motorists.

Officers made one driving-while-intoxicated arrest. Four tickets were written for exceeding the posted speed limit and three other traffic-violations were cited with tickets.

“When we remove a drunk driver from the roads, we’re all safer,” said Scotland County Sheriff Wayne Winn. “Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to drive sober.”

Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal car crashes in Missouri. In 2008, 262 people were killed, 1,113 seriously injured and 3,398 received minor injuries in crashes involving an impaired driver.

Public education and enforcement efforts appear to be making an impact on traffic safety. Traffic fatality numbers in Missouri have declined every year since 2005 according to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. There were 1,257 fatalities on the state’s roadways in 2005. In 2009, that total dropped to 878. Through April 25 this year, 205 people have died in traffic crashes in the state, which is below the 2009 pace, when 243 people lost their lives during the first four months of 2009.

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