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Missouri Highway Patrol plans DWI saturations in November

Posted: Oct. 29, 2016 12:01 am Updated: Oct. 30, 2016 1:37 am

MACON, Mo. -- Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop B will be conducting DWI saturations throughout its 16-county area in November.

Saturation patrols involve law enforcement deploying additional officers to targeted roads to detect and apprehend impaired drivers.

"Driving while impaired continues to be a major contributing factor of traffic crashes in Missouri," said Capt. James Wilt, Troop B commanding officer.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics, Missouri had a higher rate of deaths from drunken driving in 2012 than the national average.

"Special enforcement operations, such as these, enable the Missouri State Highway Patrol to enhance our efforts in removing impaired drivers from our highways," Wilt said.

Anyone who sees a suspected impaired driver is encouraged to call law enforcement.

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