Officials in the City of St. Louis are putting impaired drivers on notice.
Beginning Monday, St. Louis is a "No Refusal Zone." That means that police will automatically seek a search warrant allowing blood-alcohol tests for suspected drunk drivers who refuse to take a breath test.
Susan Ryan, a spokesperson for the circuit attorney's office said in a statement that "too many impaired drivers have learned how to game the legal system by refusing to submit to field sobriety tests." Ryan says In St. Louis, the refusal rate is over 50 percent.
Ryan says the ultimate goal of the initiative is to reduce the number of DWI fatalities and injuries.
A St. Louis Ram is back in the news for his off-field actions.
Defensive end Robert Quinn has fulfilled the obligations set forth after being convicted for drunk driving. Quinn had to attend classes and programs to prevent a future DWI. Quinn pleaded guilty to Driving While Under the Influence after being arrested following an accident on the exit ramp of eastbound I-270 and Washington/Elizabeth.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A St. Louis County man is facing drunk-driving charges - for the 10th time.
Florissant police on Monday stopped a vehicle for a traffic offense. Authorities say the driver, 53-year-old Joseph Arthur Hayes of Florissant, was arrested.
Prosecutors charged Hayes with driving while intoxicated as a chronic offender, and driving with a suspended or revoked license. He is jailed on $100,000 bond.
St. Louis County Police say Hayes had 9 prior convictions for driving while intoxicated and for driving while suspended or revoked.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol has plans to crackdown on drunk drivers this month.
The department issued a statement saying they will up DWI checkpoints through St. Charles, Lincoln, and Jefferson counties. The Highway Patrol says those counties have a high number of drunk-driver accidents.
According to officials, intoxicated drivers are involved in over a quarter of all fatal crashes in the state.
The long holiday weekend was deadly on Missouri's roadways.
From July 3 through Sunday, July 8, 17 people were killed in traffic accidents across Missouri--that includes a crash in St. Louis city that left three people dead. Missouri State Highway Patrol Troopers worked over 350 accidents and performed nearly 200 arrests fro driving while intoxicated.
Both of those numbers represent large jumps over last year, but there is no fair comparison.Last year's holiday weekend counting period spanned just 30 hours, while this year's included parts of five days.
Three people drowned on Missouri's waterways, but none died as the result of a boating accident.