You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.

By McPherson Police Department
August 18, 2016

You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.

August 18 through Labor Day September 5, the McPherson Police Department (MPD) will join almost 150 other local and state police agencies across Kansas in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged, and other dangerous drivers from Kansas roadways. The Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) utilizes grant funds to underwrite the”You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” enforcement program.

On average four people are injured every day, and one is killed every three days, in Kansas crashes where at least one of the drivers involved is impaired by alcohol and/or another drug.

MPD’s Chief McClarty says, “The You Drink. You Drive. You Lose campaign should remind every driver of several things: 

“First, if you’re going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly by planning ahead and lining up a sober designated driver.

“Second, picture families you know, and then consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking – a decision which unintentionally brought injury or death to one of them.   

“Third, remember there are a number of offenses for which you may be pulled over, both traffic and equipment violations, but if we detect alcohol, you will be tested. Violations are punished with fine amounts from $500-$2,500; up to one year in jail; the suspension, or even permanent loss, of your driver’s license; increased insurance premiums; and the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device in your car. Imagine not being able to start your car without blowing into the interlock’s alcohol sensor several times during an afternoon’s errands.  How do you tell your boss why you cannot drive a company car?  Add in an attorney’s fees and you may tie up $13,000 or more before it, all is said and done. Don’t take the chance; it’s not worth it.

“Fourth, see something, say something, if you see suspicious driving behavior note the location, direction, vehicle and driver description, and call 911 to report it as soon as it is safe to do so. You may save someone’s life.

“Fifth, count on the McPherson Police Department to vigorously enforce impaired driving laws – not just during this enforcement campaign, but all year long. 

“Finally, always remember the best protection against a drunk driver (even when it’s you) is to use seat belts and appropriate child safety restraints – every trip, every time. Seat belts save lives and reduce injury severity.”