St. Louis County cops crack down on DUIs

Monday, August 24, 2009 | 8:41 a.m. CDT; updated 11:49 a.m. CDT, Monday, August 24, 2009

CLAYTON — St. Louis County police are increasing enforcement against drunk drivers through Sept. 7.

Police say the effort is possible as part of a campaign called: "You Drink and Drive. You Lose."

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch said that every hour and a half someone in Missouri is killed or injured by an impaired driver. He said tragedies can be prevented if people choose not to drink and drive.

A first conviction can result in a license suspension for 30 to 90 days in Missouri. A second conviction means a year with a suspended license and up to a year in jail.Penalties go up for fatal crashes.


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