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Remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
This holiday season, we will work around the clock to keep vehicle drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers. From December 13-31, 2017 through January 1, 2018, law enforcement is partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving.
The holidays are a special time in America, full of excitement and endless festivities. Oftentimes, these celebrations bring higher numbers of drunk drivers to the roads, endangering those drivers and others. Drunk driving can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.
In fact, from 2012-2016, 14,472 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and twenty-eight percent (3,995) died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s licenses, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.
Follow these tips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:
- Remember that it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
- If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Arkadelphia Police Department.
- Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. We will be looking for drunk drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.