WILLIAMSON - As part of the WV Governor’s Highway Safety Board’s attempt to crack down on driver’s who get behind the wheel in an intoxicated state, the Mingo County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) is set to do their part to keep the public safe when they travel the local roadways, as they prepare to begin a DUI Campaign that is set to run through the beginning of next year.
MCSD Deputy Max Mounts was named as the department liaison who will work with the Governor’s Safety Highway Board, replacing Deputy Mike Miller who resigned from the department to seek a career with the West Virginia State Police. Mounts is in the process of scheduling and planning multiple check points throughout the county that will take place between today and the end of the year.
“We’re going to hit this full force,” stated Mounts. “We’re determined to take every precaution we possibly can to assure the safety of the public. Everyone deserves to feel safe when traveling.”
Mounts recently attended a conference and training event in Charleston with 50 other law enforcement officials that will be doing the same in their areas, in an attempt to cut down on the amount of intoxicated driver’s on the roadways in WV. The deputy stated that he left the meeting with valuable knowledge and a better understanding of how this campaign works.
“I’m very appreciative of the opportunity to head up the DUI Campaign in Mingo County and it’s wonderful to have the full support of Sheriff James Smith and Chief Field Deputy Joe Smith,” said Mounts. “Both of them feel that eliminating the number of DUI’s in the county are a top priority for all of the members of our department.”
Mounts spoke of the importance of not driving if intoxicated, stressing the importance of either staying at home while drinking or making sure one has a designated driver in place before venturing out on the town.
“If people are sensible about what they do, problems can be avoided,” said the deputy. “If you’re determined to go to a bar or a party and drink, then plan ahead as to who will remain sober and will be responsible for getting you home safely. Don’t risk your own life and the lives of innocent people on the roadway by getting behind the wheel in an intoxicated state.”
“If you’re caught driving under the influence you will go to jail. You will, more than likely, lose your driving privileges. Your auto insurance will rise, or your policy may be cancelled. And should you wreck and cause injury to another, your future will change drastically as you find yourself looking at the world through iron bars.”
“Don’t risk it - don’t take that chance. If you do, you may lose your life in the process or take that of another.”