Labor Day weekend is approaching and expected to bring a surge of travel across the nation.

MoDOT reminds all motorists to be careful and avoid drinking & driving during the summer's last big holiday weekend.

An impaired driving arrest could cost thousands of dollars in fines, court costs and lawyer fees, not to mention the loss of your license, job, or worse yet, take someone’s life.

MoDOT says in a press release that this year’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over high-visibility crackdown will run from August 17 through the Labor Day holiday on September 3.

“Impaired driving continues to be a huge concern on Missouri roadways,” said Colonel Sandra Karsten, superintendent of the Missouri State Highway Patrol. “We will continue our year-round efforts of enforcing Missouri's DWI laws and through this campaign create public awareness to the dangers impaired driving causes on our highways."
Statewide, law enforcement made 242 DWI arrests, 27 DUI drug arrests and 23 MIP’s during this campaign in 2017.

“Each day, lives are drastically changed or lost in preventable traffic crashes caused by impaired driving,” said Jon Nelson, executive chair to the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. “ In 2017, 196 people were killed and 605 seriously injured in Missouri crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.”

Missouri State Highway Patrol