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June 2018 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC June 2018
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 3
SPEEDING 26
FAIL TO REGISTER 22
LANE VIOLATION 13
FAIL TO STOP 4
NO INSURANCE 2
NO SEATBELT 1
C AND I DRIVING 8
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 14
NO FRONT PLATE 2
INVESTIGATIVE 2
WARRANT ARREST 9
OTHER HMV 6
OTHER NON HMV 6
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 91
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 13
TOTAL WARNINGS 95
CALLS FOR SERVICE June 2018
STEALING/THEFT 21
BURGLARY 3
PROPERTY DAMAGE 11
ASSAULT 5
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 50
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 1
NARCOTICS 1
HARASSMENT 3
ALARM 29
FIRES 11
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 19
TRESPASS 10
CIVIL MATTER 49
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 111
DEATH 1
MOTORIST ASSIST 4
911 HANG UP 54
CHECK WELL BEING 23
ANIMAL 23
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 11
MEDICAL 6
CHECK VEHICLE 34
CITIZEN CONCERN 73
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 5
MISCELLANEOUS 42
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 2
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 598
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 25
   

MAINTAIN YOUR INDEPENDENCE THIS INDEPENDENCE DAY: DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER

Each year on July 4th, Americans celebrate the birth and freedoms of this country.  Before you head out for your celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home.  The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, June 29-July 5, 2018, to put an end to drunk driving.  In support of law enforcement's dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you'll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

During the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.  This is a 28-percent increase from 2015, during which 146 people were killed during the same holiday period.  That's 188 families who will forever remember Independence Day with a heavy heart and nightmarish memories.

"It's essential that our community members understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive,' said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you've been drinking.  Doing so endangers you, and everyone on the road with you. If you're heading to Fourth of July parties this summer, remember:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

According to NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in a crash during which the driver had a BAC over the legal limit of .08.  With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads.  Nighttime is especially dangerous:  The rate of alcohol impairment around drivers involved in fatal crashes during the 2016 July Fourth holiday period was more than three times higher at night than it was during the day.

"This should not come as a surprise to drivers in the country:  In all 50 States, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, it is illegal to drive with a BAC over .08," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "But since people aren't getting it, and since thousands of people are still dying as a result of this behavior, year after year, we will be patrolling over the holiday season and we will accept absolutely zero excuses."

Prepare for the Fourth

This Fourth of July, The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office and NHTSA urge drivers to designate a sober driver before heading out for the evening.  If you plan on drinking, plan on not driving.

Remember these tips for a safe night on the roads:

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive.  Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. Download NHTSA's SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRider&hl=en), and Apple's iTunes Store for iOS devices:  (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8).  SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend, and identifies the user's location so he or she can be picked up. Use your community's sober ride program if available. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive?  Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

The Costs of Drunk Driving

Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you're "just buzzed."  When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you.  Does mortality not get your attention?  Maybe money will:  A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver's license.  You could face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney fees, fines, car towing, repairs, and lost time at work.  Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends or employer.

This Fourth of July, commit to only driving 100-percent sober.  Don't lose your independence on Independence Day, and don't be a deadly risk to yourself and other innocent people.  Remember:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.  For more information on impaired driving, visit www.traficsafetymarketing.gov.

 

 

May 2018 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC May 2018
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 5
SPEEDING 116
FAIL TO REGISTER 61
LANE VIOLATION 9
FAIL TO STOP 22
NO INSURANCE 15
NO SEATBELT 2
C AND I DRIVING 6
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 13
NO FRONT PLATE 8
INVESTIGATIVE 5
WARRANT ARREST 13
OTHER HMV 3
OTHER NON HMV 17
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 252
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 19
TOTAL WARNINGS 260
CALLS FOR SERVICE May 2018
STEALING/THEFT 26
BURGLARY 12
PROPERTY DAMAGE 11
ASSAULT 5
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 37
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 8
NARCOTICS 2
HARASSMENT 12
ALARM 25
FIRES 6
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 27
TRESPASS 7
CIVIL MATTER 65
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 125
DEATH 5
MOTORIST ASSIST 6
911 HANG UP 43
CHECK WELL BEING 29
ANIMAL 36
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 27
MEDICAL 9
CHECK VEHICLE 20
CITIZEN CONCERN 81
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 7
MISCELLANEOUS 37
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 4
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 653
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 24
   

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Releases Results of Click It or Ticket Enforcement

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Releases Results of Click It or Ticket Enforcement

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office participated in the national Click It or Ticket mobilization conducted May 21 – June 3. During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of one (1) traffic ticket for speeding and one (1) fugitive was apprehended.  108 warnings were issued by deputies for various other traffic violations as a result of the crackdown.

“Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash,” stated Sheriff Brad DeLay. “Law enforcement will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive.”

Six out of 10 people killed in 2017 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled. Missouri’s seat belt use has shown only modest improvement over the last six years.  Missouri has an 84 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.  Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 70 and 69 percent.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive. For more information on Missouri’s seat belt use, visit www.saveMOlives.com

 

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign a Success

Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign a Success

 

Declaring Lawrence County’s participation in the States May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” substance-impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office reported that one (1) substance-impaired driving arrest and four (4) citations were made during the enforcement period, which ran from May 3 -14, 2018.  One (1) fugitive was also apprehended and 116 warnings were issued for various other traffic violations.

“I am proud of our Deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” said Sheriff DeLay.

“Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals,” Sheriff DeLay said. “Each year, impaired driving cost the lives of thousands on America’s highways.  “There were 185 people killed and 592 seriously injured in 2017 Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver (Alcohol and/or drugs).  That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driving involved fatality every two days.”

A substance-impaired driver less than 21 years of age was involved in 51 of the fatalities and serious injury crashes.

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year’s Youth Alcohol Enforcement “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign.

For more information, visit the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” Campaign headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

 

Brake for Seat Belts: Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Participate in Click It or Ticket Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining with statewide law enforcement May 21 - June 3 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to crack down on Missouri's seat belt violations.

Six out of 10 people killed in 2017 Missouri traffic crashes were unbuckled.  And even with all the advancements in automobile safety and education on the importance of seat belt use, Missouri's seat belt use has shown modest improvement in the last six years and is till consistently below the national average.

Missouri has an 84 percent seat belt use, which is well below the national average of 90 percent.  Teens and pick-up truck drivers are among those least likely to buckle up at 70 and 69 percent.

"Every day someone dies in a crash in Missouri because they weren't buckled up," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We will be pulling out al the stops to ensure motorist are buckling up."

Seat belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and recue fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.

Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.  For more information on Missouri seatbelt usage, visit www.saveMOlives.com

 

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Joins National Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign

Lawrence County's Youth Alcohol Enforcement Campaign Joins National Crackdown

To Reduce Drunk Driving Fatalities

'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' Campaign Will Target Substance-Impaired Drivers.

 

Local and state law enforcement will be out in full force as part of the annual nationwide May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance-impaired driving crackdown.  The crackdown, which will include high-visibility enforcement throughout Lawrence County will run from May 3-14, 2018.

The effective nationwide substance-impaired driving crackdown will include high-visibility enforcement, high-profile events, and will be supported by national paid advertising, creating a comprehensive campaign to curb substance-impaired driving during the enforcement period.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office said its deputies will be aggressively looking for substance-impaired drivers during the crackdown and will arrest anyone caught driving impaired.

Although it is illegal in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico to drive impaired (having a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher), far too many people across the nation get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol or other illegal drugs.  The latest statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration underscore the serious nature of the nation's continuing drunk driving epidemic.

"Every year, about one third of all motor vehicle traffic deaths involve one or more substance-impaired drivers or motorcycle operators," said Sheriff Brad DeLay .  "In 2017, 185 people were killed and 592 seriously injured on Missouri's roadways in crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver."  That works out to approximately one substance0-impiared driver involved fatality every (2) two days.

"We want to remind everyone that getting behind the wheel impaired is a terrible idea.  Unfortunately, not only does being under the influence impair your ability to operate a vehicle safely , it also impairs your judgment and good sense about whether you can, or should drive.  If you have any doubt about your sobriety, do not get behind the wheel.  If you chose to drive impaired, you will be arrested.  NO warnings.  No excuses," Sheriff DeLay said.

Sheriff DeLay noted that being arrested for driving under the influence of any substance brings a wide range of negative consequences into one's life.  Substance-impaired drivers face jail time, loss of their driver licenses, and steep financial consequences such as higher insurance rates, attorney fees, court costs, lost time at work, and the potential loss of their job.  When family, friends and co=workers find our, violators also often face tremendous personal embarrassment.

"Driving while impaired is simply not work the risk.  So don't take the chance.  Remember, we will be out in force and we will be watching, so 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over,'", said Sheriff DeLay.

For more information, visit the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign Headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMolives.com.

 

 

April 2018 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC April 2018
DWI 0
DWR/DWS/NO DL 0
SPEEDING 43
FAIL TO REGISTER 12
LANE VIOLATION 0
FAIL TO STOP 4
NO INSURANCE 0
NO SEATBELT 3
C AND I DRIVING 5
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 1
NO FRONT PLATE 9
INVESTIGATIVE 1
WARRANT ARREST 4
OTHER HMV 2
OTHER NON HMV 0
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 71
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITIATIONS 7
TOTAL WARNINGS 69
CALLS FOR SERVICE April 2018
STEALING/THEFT 22
BURGLARY 8
PROPERTY DAMAGE 9
ASSAULT 5
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 45
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 1
NARCOTICS 1
HARASSMENT 5
ALARM 22
FIRES 9
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 11
TRESPASS 7
CIVIL MATTER 35
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 95
DEATH 1
MOTORIST ASSIST 4
911 HANG UP 37
CHECK WELL BEING 25
ANIMAL 32
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 37
MEDICAL 6
CHECK VEHICLE 25
CITIZEN CONCERN 70
PYSCOLOGICAL CALL 11
MISCELLANEOUS 30
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 1
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 558
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 5
   

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of Click It or Ticket Enforcement

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office ticketed one (1) motorist for not wearing seat belts during the April 12th Click It or Ticket mobilization.  Law Enforcement agencies throughout Missouri participated in this statewide effort to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.

During the enforcement effort, deputies issued a total of two (2) traffic citations including one (1) seat belt ticket and one (1) child restraint violation.  Two (2) fugitives were apprehend and  106 warnings were issued for various other traffic violations.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in five Missouri motorists are still no making it click.  Even more concerning, six out of ten Missourians killed in traffic crashes are unbuckled.

"Seat belts are your single best defense in a crash," stated Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We will continue to encourage drivers to make a simple, smart choice to buckle up and Arrive Alive."

For more information on Missouri's seat belt use, visit www.saveMOlives.com.  Buckle Up and Arrive Alive.

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office to Host 700 hour Law Enforcement Academy

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a 700 hour basic law enforcement academy starting August 23, 2018.  The academy will meet Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. and Saturday's and Sundays' 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

 

Persons who graduate from the 700 hour academy will graduate with a class "A" peace officer license; PPCT Defensive Tactics Certification; Taser Certification; OC/Pepper Spray Certification; First Responder Certification; NHTSA SFST Certification; Court Security Training; Less Lethal Munitions Certification and 120 hour Jail Officer Training.

 

Cost for the academy is $5,000.00.  Veteran's benefits, financial aid and college credit hours are available for those who qualify.

You may obtain an application from the Missouri Sheriff's Association website at www.mosheriffs.com

 A flyer for the academy is located below.

Academy flyer

 

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