SEPTEMBER 30, 2010 -- Cracking down on drunk driving continues to be a top priority for Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp. Therefore, the Sheriff's Office eagerly joined three other members of the Jackson County Traffic Safety Task Force -- the Kansas City Police Department's DUI unit, Grandview Police Department and Sugar Creek Police Department -- in conducting "saturation patrols" in the downtown area of Kansas City.
During the patrols, which began at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, September 29 and continued through to 3:30 in the morning of Thursday, September 30, 12 patrol officers from the four law enforcement agencies stopped 70 vehicles. They made 12 DWI arrests.
"Driving while intoxicated remains one of the top causes of fatal vehicle crashes in Missouri," said Sheriff Sharp. "We have zero tolerance for impaired driving. Enforcement efforts like this one help get those drives off the road and make traveling in Missouri safer."
In 2009, 268 people lost their lives in auto crashes involving an impaired driver. Another 1,134 suffered serious injuries.
In addition to the dozen DWI arrests, officers also made citations or arrests for the following:
- Driving While Suspended (6)
- Hazardous Moving Violations (18)
- Non-Hazardous Moving Violations (23)
- Warrants Served (36)
- No Insurance (10)
- Narcotics Arrest (1)
- Seat Belt Violation (1)
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Images rotate every six seconds. CLICK on thumbnails to manually move through the slideshow, which shows photos from the "saturation patrols" conducted in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.