LPD to crack down on impaired drivers


The Lebanon Police Department will be participating in a nationwide Labor Day crackdown on substance-impaired driving from Friday to Sept. 7. Locally, the crackdown will include high-visibility law enforcement throughout Lebanon.

According to a press release from the Lebanon Police Department, officers will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Lebanon Police Chief Randy Halstead said in the press release that about one third of all motor vehicle deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators. Halstead cited preliminary data that says 196 people were killed and 663 people were severely injured in 2015 in Missouri because of crashes involving at least one substance-impaired driver. That adds up to approximately one substance-impaired driver fatality every 1 3/4 days and one serious injury from substance-impaired driving every half day.

Halstead said in the release that the period between Aug. 21 and Sept. 7 last year, five people were killed and 53 people were seriously injured in situations involving at least one substance-impaired driver.

“Research has shown that high-visibility law enforcement like the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign reduces substance-impaired driving fatalities by as much as 20 percent,” Halstead wrote. “By joining this nationwide effort, we will make Lebanon’s roadways safer for everyone throughout the holiday.”

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign headquarters at www.trafficsafetymarketing.gov or www.saveMOlives.com.

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