One person died every 52 minutes as a result of drunk driving crashes on US streets and highways in 2019. Even in the merry Christmas season, the lethal statistics continue to mount.
This holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with law enforcement agencies in Arkansas to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving .
Arkansas law enforcement officers want all drivers to remember this life-saving message, “Drive sober or get arrested.”
Starting this week and continuing through January 1, 2022, Arkansas law enforcement officers will step up their mission to protect motorists by removing drunk drivers from the roads. Drivers who are impaired in violation of state law will be arrested and taken to jail.
Arkansas State Troopers, Sheriff’s Deputies and City Police will work with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, but also a matter of life or dead.
Before getting into their vehicle, drivers who have been drinking should consider whether it is worth the risk of being arrested or, worse still, of injuring or killing someone who is going home for the holidays.
“A single death on the highway has unimaginable consequences that leave families devastated for the rest of their lives,” said Colonel Bill Bryant, Arkansas State Police Director and Highway Safety Representative. of the governor. “A death caused by a drunk driver is preventable and that is why we try every day to remove impaired drivers from the roads before it is too late.
In all states it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of 0.08 [*Utah threshold is .05 g/dL]. Driver pulled over and arrested for DWI faces the possibility of jail time, having his driver’s license revoked, insurmountable attorney fees, higher insurance rates, lost wages and additional criminal charges resulting from an accident that injures or results in the death of another person.
“We need the support of all Arkansans and ask them to be vigilant in reporting suspected cases of impaired driving they see on the highways,” Col. Bryant said. “The holidays are a special time of year for most people and we ask everyone to drive sober and responsible.”
If holiday celebrations require cross-town or cross-state travel, the Arkansas State Police recommends these safe alternatives to drunk driving:
• Driving while intoxicated is never acceptable.
Even if you’ve only had one alcoholic drink, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get you to your destination safely.
Plan a safe way to get home before you leave.
• If you have been drinking, call a taxi or someone sober to take you home.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, dial 9-1-1.
• If you know someone who is about to drive or drive a motorcycle or other vehicle while intoxicated, take their keys and help them make other arrangements to get to their destination safely.
• Buckle up, always. Your seat belt is your best defense against the drunk driver.
Learn about the Toward Zero Deaths campaign underway in Arkansas to eliminate preventable road deaths at www.TZDArkansas.org.