Jefferson City police target drunk drivers

The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign is a grant-funded effort to crack down on drunk driving in Jefferson City through the end of the month.

Until the end of the month, the Jefferson City Police Department will use a state grant to aggressively seek out and arrest impaired drivers.

The effort is part of a nationwide crackdown on drunk driving called "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," and is funded by the Missouri Department of Transportation, the Division of Traffic and Highway Safety, and the Missouri Safety Center.

Jefferson City police say 223 people died in impaired driving crashes last year, which equates to an average of one impaired driving fatality every day and a half.

Over the Labor Day holiday weekend last year, there were 10 fatal and 41 serious injury crashes involving at least one impaired driver.

The department is urging drivers to take advantage of programs such as the Sober Driver Program, which is available at many area bars and restaurants.

The crackdown will run from August 15 through September 1.