Quantcast

Joplin Chosen To Pilot New Anti DWI Program - KOAM TV 7

Joplin Chosen To Pilot New Anti DWI Program

Updated:

     Out of all the communities across the country...Joplin has been selected to pilot a new Anti DWI program.
     Part of that initiative includes getting members of the community to provide input.
     Something that was done earlier tonight.
The reason Joplin was chosen after a national selection process -- is because Joplin had the most annual DWI arrests.
409 last year compared to Missouri's average of 244 -- meaning, officers are doing a good job, but, Joplin has a problem, a problem the National Highway Traffic Administration hopes to solve.
Duncan: "For them to contact us for that program it's a big deal for us to try and step forward and work with them and use the resources they're bringing to us for a positive outcome for the community."
As for the some of the positive outcomes they're looking for...
Duncan: "This is a program where we're going to as a community try to come together to change the culture against impaired driving and insure that we have less people making the choice to drive while impaired."
And it's that culture change that encouraged Audrey Hubler to come out.
She's the Trauma Coordinator at Mercy Joplin and sees the impacts of impaired driving first hand.
Hubler: "The victims from drunk drivers, it's not usually the drunk driver that we see affected, you know, it's the other car that they hit, or the people in the vehicle with them."
The program is aimed at doing direct research to improve community outreach and education and to eliminate the community belief that lives lost due to drunk drivers are simply acceptable, or inevitable, and the potential for change, is motivation enough.
Hubler: "I have hope that maybe we can make a difference, and, see a decrease in that so that maybe some other children don't have to lose their mother, or father...or parents to lose their children."
     Tonight's meeting was one of several that will be held to ensure positive community input.
     Officials say they'll start seeing some changes by next May.
 

MORE TOP NEWS

Chris Warner
Reporter

A Joplin native, Chris first started in broadcasting at age 16 at KSNF-TV in 2004..

Chris joined the KOAM team in 2017 as an Associate Producer. In April, he moved into a full-time reporter position. He spent time from 2008 to 2016 in various retail roles around the region before returning to his passion at KOAM. Chris is excited to continue telling the stories of the four states. Chris and his wife Amber live in Joplin and have three amazing children.

Follow Chris:
On Facebook
On Twitter

Contact Chris:
417.624.0233 or 620.231.0400
cwarner@koamtv.com

  • Chris WarnerMore>>

  • Lawsuit Filed Over Dangerous Conditions of Howsmon Buildings

    Lawsuit Filed Over Dangerous Conditions of Howsmon Buildings

    Thursday, August 16 2018 7:53 PM EDT2018-08-16 23:53:44 GMT

        A lawsuit filed in Jasper County could put the brakes on a demolition and repair project for the Howsmon Buildings in downtown Joplin.     The lawsuit, filed August 3rd,  lists Jasper County, the State of Missouri, the City of Joplin, the Joplin School District, and the Joplin Special Road District. Those parties are listed because, according to the petition, they're owed tax money from the Howsmon Building.

    More >>

        A lawsuit filed in Jasper County could put the brakes on a demolition and repair project for the Howsmon Buildings in downtown Joplin.     The lawsuit, filed August 3rd,  lists Jasper County, the State of Missouri, the City of Joplin, the Joplin School District, and the Joplin Special Road District. Those parties are listed because, according to the petition, they're owed tax money from the Howsmon Building.

    More >>
  • Neosho School District Implements New Suicide Prevention Policy

    Neosho School District Implements New Suicide Prevention Policy

    Wednesday, August 15 2018 6:27 PM EDT2018-08-15 22:27:42 GMT

    Teen suicide, or even broader, student suicide, has become a leading topic of discussion for school districts across the nation.     That's causing some big changes in the way districts handle the topic.

    More >>

    Teen suicide, or even broader, student suicide, has become a leading topic of discussion for school districts across the nation.     That's causing some big changes in the way districts handle the topic.

    More >>
  • Storm Water Flooding Concerns In North Joplin Neighborhood

    Storm Water Flooding Concerns In North Joplin Neighborhood

    Friday, August 10 2018 8:36 PM EDT2018-08-11 00:36:24 GMT
        A Joplin resident says he's fed up with flooding in his back yard - and says the city needs to step up and take action. Walt Vandergrift and his wife bought this home on North Ozark back in April, what they didn't know, is this home came with a built in pool - but, only when it rains. Walt Vandergrift: "Sometimes it gets very deep back here, there are houses over on Miller street the water gets so deep it probably goes from foundation to foundation and the one ...More >>
        A Joplin resident says he's fed up with flooding in his back yard - and says the city needs to step up and take action. Walt Vandergrift and his wife bought this home on North Ozark back in April, what they didn't know, is this home came with a built in pool - but, only when it rains. Walt Vandergrift: "Sometimes it gets very deep back here, there are houses over on Miller street the water gets so deep it probably goes from foundation to foundation and the one ...More >>
Powered by Frankly

KOAM - Licensed to Pittsburg, Kansas
Send tips, ideas and press releases to: tips@koamtv.com
Send newsroom questions or comments to: comments@koamtv.com
Phone: (417) 624-0233 or (620) 231-0400
Web comments or questions: webmaster@koamtv.com
Newsroom Fax: (417) 624-3158

Powered by Frankly, Inc. All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KOAM. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.