Arkansas State Troopers will join the nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 13-January 1.
The campaign is a “zero tolerance” operation in which law enforcement officers increase their patrol presence with additional emphasis directed to identifying and arresting drivers who may be impaired by alcohol or drugs.
The campaign also includes an increase in state and national messaging about the dangers of driving impaired.
It is illegal in all 50 states to operate a motor vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Avoiding arrest and expenses of court fines and higher insurance rates begins with never getting into the driver’s seat of a motor vehicle while impaired.
During 2018 there were 10,511 people killed in drunk driving crashes, one every 50 minutes, according to the NHTSA Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS).
According to the FARS 2017 database, 45 percent of the drivers killed in fatal crashes who were tested for drugs, tested positive.
“The holiday season should be a happy time for our all our state’s citizens and visitors,” said Col. Bill Bryant, director of the Arkansas State Police and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “We cannot underestimate the importance of sober driving and no matter what substance anyone has ingested, if you’re impaired, you should not be driving.”
Something as unassuming as cold medications or an over-the-counter sleep aid has the ability to impair a driver and lead to a DWI arrest. Anyone taking a new prescription drug or a higher dose of a current prescription drug, should avoid driving until its known what effect the drug may have on the individual.
State and local law enforcement recommend these safe alternatives to impaired driving:
If you have ingested an impairing substance, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, sleep medication, or any form of illegal drug, do not drive.
Passengers should never ride with an impaired driver. If you think a driver may be impaired, do not get in the car.
If you are alcohol- or drug-impaired, pass the keys to a sober driver who can safely drive you to your final destination or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely. It is never okay to drive while impaired by any substance.
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