Emphasis Area 4: Impaired Driving

Impaired driving accounts for approximately 20% of the traffic fatalities in Missouri. While the dangers of drunk driving are relatively well known, impaired driving is not limited to alcohol use. It also consists of drugs, including prescription medications, and physical impairments such as drowsy driving, poor vision, or reduced cognitive capabilities. For the past several decades, significant strides have been made in addressing drunk driving through a combination of public messaging, tougher laws, and increased enforcement. While alcohol related fatalities have declined, drug related fatalities have steadily increased over the last five years. Furthermore, new challenges have presented themselves in recent years such as the national opioid crises and increasing usage of marijuana among drivers. It is important for all Missourians to understand it’s never okay to drive impaired, regardless of the substance.

Of all Missouri traffic fatalities involve substance-impaired driving.
People were killed in 2018 traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.
Months of time you can spend in jail in your first conviction.
Amount of money you could be fined on your second conviction.
Impaired Driving