Although incidents of with driving while intoxicated (DWI) are relatively low in Boonville and Cooper County, the Boonville Police Department and Cooper County Sheriff's Department are ready to respond to these matters. While some may choose to get on the road while under the influence of alcohol, the Boonville Police Department has included a number of ways to help an individual impaired so they do not hurt themselves or someone else.
"A lot of our typical calls for service will have alcohol involved in some form or fashion," Cooper County Sheriff Jerry Wolfe said.
In an effort to deter people from driving while intoxicated the Boonville Police Department will have extra officers on duty New Year's Eve.
Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said the Boonville Police Department will be aggressively enforcing all traffic laws, including DWI.
"We would ask people to not drink and drive. They can use a designated driver, call a cab or call a friend or family member. A DWI arrest can be very costly and not only monetarily but for future employment, etc.," Welliver said. "Our goal is to keep the community safe and by not drinking and driving citizens can do their part."
He said if an individual had too much to drink and is thinking of picking up their keys to run to the store or drive home, think twice before drinking and driving.
"The minute you put those keys into the ignition, you are putting yourself at risk as well as any others that may cross your path," Welliver said.
Below are some tips provided by the Boonville Police Department to help an individual impaired by alcohol.
· If the person is a close friend, try to use a soft, calm approach at first. Suggest that he's had too much to drink and it would be better to let someone else drive or to take a cab.
· Be calm. Joke about it. Make light of it.
· Try to make it sound like you are doing him a favor.
· If the person is somebody you don't know well, speak to his friends and have them make an attempt to persuade him to hand over the keys. Usually, he will listen.
· If the person is a good friend, spouse or significant other, tell him that if he insists on driving, you are not going with him. Tell him that you will call someone else for a ride, take a cab or walk.
· Locate the person's keys while he is preoccupied and take them away. Most likely, he will think he's lost his keys and will be forced to find another mode of transportation.
· If possible, avoid embarrassing the person or being confrontational. This makes him appear vulnerable to alcohol and its effects.