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Public Information Officer:
April 27th, 2009
Cpl. Kevin Tieman
Cass County Sheriff's Office
816-380-8615 Office
816-738-4394 Cell

Cass County Cracks Down on Impaired Driving

Law Enforcement officers will be out cracking down on drunk driving with increased enforcement May 1st – 3rd 2009. The Cass County Safety Traffic Enforcement Program and Jackson County Traffic Safety Task Force will participate as part of a statewide crackdown on drivers under the influence of alcohol and other drugs.

“It’s never worth the risk to drive while under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Drivers could lose their license, pay large fines, or worst of all, cause a tragic loss of life”, said Cass County Sheriff Dwight Diehl.

In 2007, 243 people died in more than 7,700 alcohol-related traffic crashes, resulting in a death or injury every 1.7 hours. Sheriff Diehl says “We are all part of the solution and please consider the following tips:

  • Don’t risk it – if you plan to drive, don’t drink
  • Encourage safe driving behaviors among family, friends and co-workers.
  • Choose a designated driver before going out. A designated driver is someone who drinks NO alcohol at all.
  • Take a mass transit, a taxicab or as a friend to drive you home.
  • Party hosts should include alcohol-free beverages report impaired drivers to law enforcement.
  • Always wear your safe belt- it‘s your best defense against a n impaired driver.

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