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The original item was published from 8/4/2010 9:17:36 PM to 9/7/2010 12:00:07 AM.

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Posted on: August 4, 2010

[ARCHIVED] Blue Springs Police Crack Down On Impaired Drivers During “You Drink & Drive…You Lose” Statewide Cam

Between Friday, August 20, 2010 and Monday, September 6, 2010 the Blue Springs Police Department will be cracking down on impaired drivers during the “You Drink & Drive…You Lose”, statewide campaign. Enforcement efforts will be increased and will focus on reducing deaths and serious injuries caused by impaired drivers.

“DWI enforcement is a priority for the Blue Springs Police Department,” said Sgt. Don Rapp. “If you are stopped and found to be intoxicated, you will be arrested.”

Is it worth it? Consider some of the consequences if you choose to drive while intoxicated:

? Your first conviction could result in up to a $500.00 fine and a maximum sentence of 6 months in jail, as well as, your license will be suspended for 30 days followed by a 60-day suspension if a hardship license is not obtained.

? A second conviction results in a $1,000 fine, a yearlong revocation of your license and up to a year in jail. You will also be required to install an ignition interlock system on your vehicle, preventing your car from starting when you have alcohol on your breath.

? Third and following convictions can be penalized with up to a $5,000 fine, a 10-year license denial, and/or up to seven years in jail.

? If you cause a fatal crash while intoxicated you could be charged with Involuntary Manslaughter, a felony resulting in up to seven years of jail time, a $5,000 fine or both.

? Insurance coverage will be difficult to find and if you do the rate will be significantly higher.

For additional information about the above listed incident, contact Sgt. Don Rapp at (816) 220-4579 or visit

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