James Sigman

Declaring Texas County’s participation in the national St. Patrick’s Day “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk driving crackdown a major success, Sheriff James Sigman reported that the enforcement period — which ran from March 14 to 17 — included 32 stops, three arrests, one stolen vehicle recovered and two fugitives apprehended.

“I am proud of our deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region’s roadways safer,” Sigman said. “Drunk driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals. Each year, drunk driving costs the lives of thousands on America’s highways.”

In 2013, 218 people were killed and 666 seriously injured on Missouri’s highways in accidents that involved at least one substance-impaired driver. During the 2013 St. Patrick’s holiday in Missouri, 412 DWI arrests were made statewide.

The Texas County Sheriff’s Department joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year’s St. Patrick’s holiday campaign.

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

Sheriff James Sigman reported that the enforcement period — which ran from March 14 to 17 — included 32 stops, three arrests, one stolen vehicle recovered and two fugitives apprehended.

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