BOONVILLE – After participating in the National St. Patrick’s Day Crackdown, ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,’ substance–impaired driving crackdown, Boonville Police Department reported one impaired driving arrest, three other significant arrests and 22 contacts were made during the enforcement period, which ran from March 16-19.

“I am proud of our officers for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” said Lt. James Deckard. “Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals. Each year, substance-impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America’s highways.”

In 2016, there were 179 fatalities and 643 serious injuries that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. That equates to one substance-impaired driving fatality every two days.   

During the St. Patrick’s Day holiday March 17-20, 2016,  two people were killed and  eight seriously injured – involving at least one substance-impaired driver.  

The Boonville Police 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 at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.