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This Holiday Season, and All Year Long: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

This Holiday Season, and All Year Long:

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

The holidays are a time for friends, family, and co-workers to come together in celebration.  Wherever you are-whether at an office party, a family member’s home, or out at the bar – it is essential that you make the lifesaving choice to drive sober when the party ends.  To help spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving, The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.  The national high-visibility enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from December 13-31, 2018.  During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving, as well as drugged driving, which s on the rise.  Increased State and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road, aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways.

Sadly, the statistics show that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to drunk driving.  According to NHTSA, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2017, equating to one person killed every 48 minutes.  On average, 10,000 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes each year from 2013 to 2017.  That’s the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year, with no survivors.  In December 2017, alone, 885 people lost their lives in traffic crashes involving a drunk driver.  This is why the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death.  As you head out to enjoy the holiday festivities, remember:  Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

Drunk driving isn’t the only risk on the road:  Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation’s roads.  If drivers are impaired by any substance-alcohol or drugs-they should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.  Driving while impaired is illegal, period.  The bottom line is this:  If You Feel Different, You Drive Different.  Drive High, Get a DUI.  It’s that simple.

“We understand that during the holidays, people are running around, busily checking off items on their to-do list and attending parties,” said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  “We need our community members to slow down and remember:  It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober – during the holidays, and all year long.  Drunk driving is a huge problem in our country, and, unfortunately, we’re seeing a rise in marijuana use and drugged driving, too.  Stay safe and stay sober on the roads.”

Party with a Plan

First and foremost:  Plan ahead.  Be honest with yourself:  You know whether you’ll attend a party.  If you plan to drink, plan for a sober driver to take you home.  Is it your turn to be the designated driver?  Take that role seriously – your friends are relying on you.  Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive.  Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride service to get home safely.

Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride 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.SaferRide&hl=en), and Appl’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. If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact 911. Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

During the holidays, and every day, please remember that drunk driving isn’t only illegal, it’s deadly.  For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

 

 

November 2018 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC November 2018
DWI 0
DWR/DWS/NO DL 1
SPEEDING 22
FAIL TO REGISTER 12
LANE VIOLATION 6
FAIL TO STOP 9
NO INSURANCE 1
NO SEAT BELT 2
C AND I DRIVING 0
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 6
NO FRONT PLATE 0
INVESTIGATIVE 1
WARRANT ARREST 4
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 1
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 43
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 4
TOTAL WARNINGS 52
CALLS FOR SERVICE November 2018
STEALING/THEFT 34
BURGLARY 12
PROPERTY DAMAGE 11
ASSAULT 6
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 28
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 0
NARCOTICS 0
HARASSMENT 6
ALARM 27
FIRES 9
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 19
TRESPASS 3
CIVIL MATTER 29
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 88
DEATH 1
MOTORIST ASSIST 2
911 HANG UP 18
CHECK WELL BEING 15
ANIMAL 26
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 48
MEDICAL 19
CHECK VEHICLE 38
CITIZEN CONCERN 54
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 5
MISCELLANEOUS 61
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 3
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 552
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 15
   

 

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

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office issued zero (0) motorists for not wearing seat belts during the November 8 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 three (3) traffic citations for various traffic violations.  A total of 25 warnings for various other hazardous moving violations.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, nearly one in five Missouri motorists are still not making it click.  Even more concerning, six out of 10 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.

 

Click It or Ticket

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be joining efforts with statewide law enforcement on November 8 for an aggressive "Click It or Ticket" mobilization to get more motorists to buckle up - and save more lives.

Despite evidence proving the benefits of wearing a seat belt, 13 percent of Missouri motorists are still not making it click.  Even worse, 64 percent of occupants killed in 2017 crashes in Missouri were unrestrained.

"Local motorists should be prepared for stepped up Click It or Ticket enforcement," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "We'll be out there to remind you seat belts can - and do - save lives."

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

 

October 2018 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC October 2018
DWI 1
DWR/DWS/NO DL 1
SPEEDING 18
FAIL TO REGISTER 16
LANE VIOLATION 11
FAIL TO STOP 4
NO INSURANCE 4
NO SEAT BELT 2
C AND I DRIVING 2
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 12
NO FRONT PLATE 0
INVESTIGATIVE 3
WARRANT ARREST 2
OTHER HMV 0
OTHER NON HMV 29
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 88
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 7
TOTAL WARNINGS 92
CALLS FOR SERVICE October 2018
STEALING/THEFT 30
BURGLARY 12
PROPERTY DAMAGE 4
ASSAULT 5
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 34
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 4
NARCOTICS 0
HARASSMENT 9
ALARM 6
FIRES 11
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 18
TRESPASS 8
CIVIL MATTER 115
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 103
DEATH 3
MOTORIST ASSIST 3
911 HANG UP 49
CHECK WELL BEING 25
ANIMAL 273
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 29
MEDICAL 15
CHECK VEHICLE 40
CITIZEN CONCERN 65
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 5
MISCELLANEOUS 67
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 5
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 690
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 14
   

 

Sheriff's Office and Area Police Departments Conducting Sex Offender Compliance Checks on Halloween

NOTICE

Sex Offender Halloween Requirements

 

Dated: October 22, 2018

 

This letter is to notify you that any person who is required to register as a sexual offender under sections 589.400 to 589.425 of the Missouri Revised Statutes shall be required on October thirty-first (Halloween) to comply with the following:

 

Avoid all Halloween-related contact with children. Remain inside his or her residence between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. unless required to be elsewhere for just cause, including but not limited to employment or medical emergencies. Post a sign at his or her residence stating “No candy or treats at his residence”. Leave all outside residential lighting off during the event.

 

The Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office along with police departments from Aurora, Marionville, Miller, Monett, Mount Vernon, Pierce City and Verona will be conducting compliance checks of registered offenders during this time. Violators will be subject to arrest and prosecution.

 

If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact the Sheriff’s Office at 417-466-2131.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

Brad A. DeLay

Sheriff

Sheriff Offers Halloween Safety Tips

SAFETY TIPS FOR HALLOWEEN

Halloween is approaching, and we expect large groups of children to be out and about that evening, enjoying the festivities. Our primary concern on Halloween, and any other time, is the safety of children. With that in mind, we would like to offer the following safety tips. It is a good idea to review these with your children before they begin their trick-or-treat adventure.

Fake knives, swords, guns, and other costume accessories can potentially cause injury. Make sure they aren’t too long for the costume and review with your child that they are part of the costume and not a weapon. Make sure they are made out of cardboard or other flexible materials. Only purchase costumes and accessories that are marked flame-resistant. Keep costumes short to prevent trips and falls.  Try using makeup instead of a mask. Masks can obstruct a child’s vision, which can be dangerous when kids are crossing streets and going up and down stairs. Costumes with light colors and/or reflective tape are best. Someone in the group should carry a flashlight. Consider putting reflective tape on their candy bags too.  Children should always trick-or-treat in groups, rather than alone, preferably with adult supervision. Children should carry a cell phone for quick communication. Parents should select the safest route for children to take. Children should stay on sidewalks (where available) or on the shoulder of the roadway facing traffic. Children should avoid walking in the roadway, in alleys or poorly lit areas, and be cautious not to dart from behind shrubs or parked vehicles. Drivers should slow down and use extreme caution, especially in neighborhoods where children are sure to be located. Children should be instructed to stop only at familiar homes where the outside lights are on. They should also be advised to NEVER go into a home or car to collect treats. They should not stop at houses that are dark or do not have the porch lights turned on. As an alternative of going door-to-door, parents can take their children to community-sponsored events such as those hosted by community centers, churches, schools, etc. Children should not eat any treats until they get home and a parent or adult can examine them.  Children (and adults) should only consume unopened candies and treats in original wrappers. Treats with open packaging or torn wrappers should be discarded.

 

 

For more Halloween safety tips, please visit https://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips.

With a little preparation, communication and diligence, Halloween can be a safe and enjoyable evening. Of course, we will be on patrol and available to you and your children should you need us. 

Thank you for your cooperation.

Sheriff Brad A.DeLay

 

 

 

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Missouri Sheriff's Issue Statement Regarding State Auditors Findings

Missouri Sheriffs have issued a statement regarding the Missouri State Auditors recently released findings of her audit of how Missouri Sheriffs were deficient and essentially "lost" sex offenders within their counties.

Her findings were inaccurate to say the very least.  See the attached press release from the Missouri Sheriffs Association.

PRESS RELEASE

September 2018 Call Stats Released

TRAFFIC September 2018
DWI 3
DWR/DWS/NO DL 8
SPEEDING 116
FAIL TO REGISTER 36
LANE VIOLATION 17
FAIL TO STOP 17
NO INSURANCE 9
NO SEAT BELT 3
C AND I DRIVING 11
EQUIPMENT VIOLATION 17
NO FRONT PLATE 8
INVESTIGATIVE 1
WARRANT ARREST 4
OTHER HMV 7
OTHER NON HMV 21
TOTAL NUMBER OF STOPS 226
TOTAL NUMBER OF CITATIONS 16
TOTAL WARNINGS 252
CALLS FOR SERVICE September 2018
STEALING/THEFT 27
BURGLARY 11
PROPERTY DAMAGE 14
ASSAULT 8
DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE 44
GENERAL DISTURBANCE 0
NARCOTICS 2
HARASSMENT 6
ALARM 22
FIRES 6
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT 24
TRESPASS 10
CIVIL MATTER 198
OFFICER/AGENCY ASSIST 100
DEATH 4
MOTORIST ASSIST 3
911 HANG UP 49
CHECK WELL BEING 26
ANIMAL 23
FOLLOW UP INVESTIGATIONS 28
MEDICAL 8
CHECK VEHICLE 36
CITIZEN CONCERN 108
PSYCHOLOGICAL CALL 6
MISCELLANEOUS 70
EXTRA PATROL REQUEST 1
   
TOTAL CALLS FOR SERVICE 818
TOTAL NUMBER OF ARRESTS 16
   

 

Lawrence County Sheriff's Office Releases Results of Child Restraint Checks

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office participated in the Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Week Law Enforcement Campaign conducted September 23-29, 2018.  During the enforcement effort, officers issued a total of five (5) traffic tickets including one (1) driving while intoxicated, and four (4) other traffic violations.  No child safety seat violations were found.  One (1) fugitive was apprehended and 40 warnings were issued for various other violations.

Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 lbs or 4' 9" tall.

"it's so important for parents and caregivers to understand the importance of child restraints," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.  "It's not just about following the law - child restraints help prevent serious injury and may even save your child's life."

Funding for this effort was provided through a grant form the Missouri Department of Transportation's Highway Safety & Traffic Division in cooperation with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and the Missouri Safety Center.

For more information, visit www.saveMOlives.com.

 

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