Law enforcement agencies throughout Missouri had their work cut out for
them this past Labor Day weekend – one of the busiest travel weekends
of the year. The holiday weekend – as with many other holidays throughout
the year – is also notorious for high rates of arrests, accidents,
injuries, and fatalities relating to driving while intoxicated (DWI) and driving under the influence (DUI) of drugs.
As impaired driving has become such a huge concern during the holidays,
law enforcement agencies across the state ramped up efforts to arrest
motorists who made the decision to drive while intoxicated. This year,
the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign – as well as other campaigns
in jurisdictions throughout Missouri – began as early as August
16 and ran through the Labor Day Holiday, ending on Monday, September
2 just before midnight.
As part of these heightened efforts law enforcement officers participated
in statewide DWI checkpoints and saturation patrols. Putting more officers
to work over the weekend was designed to enforce Missouri DWI laws and
keep public roads, highways, and even lakes safe. The results speak for
themselves, as statistics from the Missouri Highway Patrol reveal. During
Labor Day weekend, troopers reported the following:
- 250 accidents were investigated
- 7 traffic fatalities
- 119 DWI arrests
- 14 boating while intoxicated arrests
- 9 injured in boating accidents
DWI Penalties in Missouri
Increased DWI patrols and law enforcement efforts conducted over Labor
Day weekend show that the state of Missouri places an emphasis on enforcing
DWI laws. Not only are officers on the roads and highways constantly on
the lookout for impaired drivers, but local prosecutors and judges are
also focused on convicting and punishing those who drive drunk or under
the influence of drugs.
In Missouri, a standard first DWI can result in severe short- and long-term
penalties, including large fines and on-going expenses, possible terms
of imprisonment, and court ordered classes, among others. If an individual
has previously been convicted of a DWI or related offense – or if
they are charged with a more serious DWI, including those involving accidents,
injuries, or child passengers – these penalties can be greatly intensified.
Regardless of the particular circumstances involved in a case, anyone who
stands accused of a DWI in Missouri should be focused on working with
experienced St. Louis DWI attorneys from The Hammer Law Firm, LLC. Our
legal team has accumulated extensive experience representing individuals
facing a variety of DWI allegations in the past and we are fully prepared
to fight for your future today.
If you would like to learn more about your charges, or if you wish to discuss
your case with a DWI lawyer in St. Louis, do not delay in requesting a
free case evaluation from our firm. Time is of the essence.