The Southeast Coalition for Roadway Safety recently awarded overtime enforcement funding and three Portable Breath Testers (PBT’S) to the Fredericktown Police Department. Overtime funding in the amount of $1,480 will go toward DWI check points and saturation patrols to enforce Missouri’s drinking and driving laws.
“The three new PBT’s will be very useful in pursuing hazardous moving violations, as the department did not have a PBT in working condition,” said Fredericktown Police Captain Eric Hovis. “This equipment, along with the overtime funds, will be a great asset in helping us keep the community and its streets safe.”
The department was one of nine law enforcement agencies in the southeast region receiving PBT’s this year. Southeast Coalition Regional Coordinator Kelly Martin notes that impaired driving contributes to nearly 30 percent of all Missouri traffic fatalities.
“In 2010, 217 people were killed and 897 were seriously injured on Missouri’s highways in crashes involving an impaired driver,” said Martin. “Please don’t drink and drive.”
The Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety, a diverse group representing engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency medical services, was created in 2004 to reduce traffic fatalities and disabling injuries on Missouri’s roads.