FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Beginning April 20th thru April 22nd, the Ness County Sheriff’s Office will join other Law Enforcement agencies in Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska Arkansas, Missouri and Oklahoma to stop what has been an increasing epidemic for the past several years. In an effort to change this trend, law enforcement across the six-state area will be extra-vigilant when patrolling around city, state and federal highways, strict enforcement will take place. Our injury and deaths continue to increase from both alcohol and drugged impaired drivers. REGARDLESS whether a drug is LEGAL or ILLEGAL it’s a serious crime to drive while impaired by any drug. We can no longer share our roadways with these drugged impaired drivers. Impaired driving is not a victimless crime. All available Drug Recognition Expert and Advanced Roadside Impaired Driver Enforcement officers will be out in force in an effort to remove this danger. The Ness County Sheriff’s Office currently has 2 ARIDE Certified Deputies who will be taking part in the event. If a suspected violator refuses to submit to a blood test, a search warrant may be obtained for that individual’s blood. Why 4/20 as a date to draw attention to the drugged driving epidemic? Simple, it’s the day where people on 4/20 at 4:20 PM light up their drugs as a celebration. JAMA (Journal of American Medicine Association) has found a 12 % increase in the relative risk of a fatal crash compared to identical time intervals on control days. Deputies with the Ness County Sheriff’s Office agree that even one death is unacceptable. Please don’t drive while impaired, slow down and always buckle up. Sober drivers are available through friends or family.