You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.
Citizens are warned that during the period, August 16 through Labor Day, September 3, Wellington Police will join 150 other local and state police agencies across Kansas in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk and other drugged drivers from the roadways. You Drink. You Drive. You Lose., is underwritten by the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT).
During 2017, in Kansas, alcohol and other drugs were implicated in 40% of the crash deaths on Kansas roads. Over the course of the year, this equated to one person suffering death every two days, and at least 163 families receiving death notification visits, all due to drivers’ decisions to drive impaired.
According to Chief Tracy Heath, this campaign is intended to remind drivers of several things.
If you’re going to drink while away, do it responsibly by looking ahead and lining up a designated driver before leaving your home.
Check your medications for driving warnings. More and more, in Kansas, DUI arrests are occurring during daytime hours, largely due to the side effects of prescription drugs.
Think of a family you know – maybe your own – and consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking.
A DUI arrest can cost you thousands and will result in the installation of an ignition interlock device in your vehicle.
Always remember that the best protection against an impaired driver (even when it’s yourself) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints – every trip, every time. Restraints save lives and reduce injury severity across a wide range of driving mistakes and mishaps.