BY MELANIE BUCK –
Mena Police Department has announced that they will be participating in this year’s annual ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign now through September 5. Chief of Police Brandon Martin said, “During this time we will have extra officers working to enforce the drinking and driving laws. Our goal is to maintain the safety of the streets and highways within the city.”
Mena joins other law enforcement agencies across the nation in an effort to deter drinking and driving. In a statement issued by Arkansas State Police (ASP) the agency said, “During the final days of summer leading up to Labor Day weekend, Arkansas families and friends will come together for seasonal celebrations. It’s a dangerous time during this season as drunk drivers inevitably take their chances by getting into the driver seat of their vehicle and head toward the next party or try to make it home.”
ASP has partnered with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop those drunk drivers and help save lives. The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign began on August 19 and there is a standing order for “zero tolerance” for local and state law enforcement officers.
According to NHTSA, on average, over 10,000 people die each year in drunk driving crashes. During the 2014 Labor Day holiday weekend, 40% of crash fatalities involved drivers who were legally impaired by alcohol and resulted in 162 deaths.