Declaring Lawrence County's participation in the States May/Youth Alcohol Enforcement Crackdown "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" substance-impaired driving crackdown a major success, the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office reported one substance-impaired driving arrest, seven other significant arrests and 15 citations were made during the enforcement period. Approximately 150 warnings were issued for various other hazardous moving violations during the enforcement which ran May 4-15.

"I am proud of our deputies for their hard work and dedication to making our region's roadways safer," said Sheriff Brad DeLay.

"Substance-impaired driving is more than a reckless choice by a few individuals," DeLay said. "Each year, impaired driving costs the lives of thousands on America's highways. "There were 196 people killed and 652 seriously injure din 2016 Missouri traffic crashers that involved at least one substance-impaired driver (alcohol and/or drugs). That works out to approximately one substance-impaired driving involved fatality every two days."

A substance-impaired driver less than 21 years of age was involved in 12 of the fatalities and 66 of the serious injures.

During May 5-16, 2016, two people were killed and 25 seriously injured in Missouri traffic crashes that involved at least one substance-impaired driver.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office joined forces with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and nearly 10,000 law enforcement agencies across the country in this year's Youth Alcohol Enforcement "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

For more information, visit the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" Campaign headquarters at www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov, or www.saveMOlives.com.

Law enforcement academy

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office will be hosting a 700-hour basic law enforcement academy starting August 10. Those who successfully complete the academy will have a Missouri class A peace officer license. Along with the license, graduates will be certified in several other law enforcement areas.

The academy will be Tuesday and Thursday nights, Saturday days and some Sundays. The academy will end June 2018. Cost for the academy is $5,000 plus fees. Those wishing to apply can download an application from www.mosheriffs.com.

For further questions, contact the Missouri Sheriff's Association through its website or the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office at 466-2131.

Financial aid is available through Missouri State University.