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Underage Drinking a Concern for Highway Patrol This Time of Year

(Jefferson City, MO) -- Prom and graduation season has the Missouri Highway Patrol trying to cut down on underage drinking.
(Jefferson City, MO) -- Prom and graduation season has the Missouri Highway Patrol trying to cut down on underage drinking.

Law enforcement will crack down on underage drunk driving April 30 - May 13.

The Highway Patrol says many drunk drivers are under the age of 21. From 2009-2011, there were 83 fatal crashes and 233 disabling injury crashes involving an impaired driver under 21. There were 94 people killed and 368 seriously injured in these crashes.

"Drinking and driving is not worth the risk," said Leanna Depue, chair of the executive committee of the Missouri Coalition for Roadway Safety. "Zero tolerance means zero chances: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."

Consequences of drunk driving include jail time, loss of their driver licenses, or being sentenced to use ignition interlocks. Insurance rates go up.

In 2011 in Missouri, 217 people were killed and 867 seriously injured in crashes involving an impaired driver.
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