Law enforcement officers from around the state gathered in Jefferson City to kick off this year’s campaign of “You Drink and Drive … You Lose.” The campaign runs now through Labor day Weekend and uses sobriety checkpoints and increased police presence out on the roads, as well as public awareness, to try to reduce the number of drunk drivers on Missouri’s roads. Incoming State Highway Patrol Superintendant Major Jim Keathley says things are getting better, with fewer drunk driving deaths. Federal officials say Missouri is one of 27 states nationwide last year that saw an increase in the number of drunk driving fatalities from 2004. Keathley hopes the new trend of fewer drunk driving fatals for this year is one that will become more permanent.
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