As the Labor Day holiday period approaches, Arkansans will begin to see to see more law enforcement officers patrolling streets and highways prepared to arrest drunk drivers.
Starting this week the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration will partner with Arkansas State Police, county sheriff’s offices, and local police departments during the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over mobilization which will continue through Labor Day (September 2nd). Statewide and national advertising that explains the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with the stepped-up DWI enforcement, are part of a plan designed to improve highway safety by going on the offensive against drunk driving.
Anyone who plans to drive in the days leading up to the holiday or during the holiday weekend should remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.
The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office recommends the following:
Always plan ahead whenever you expect to drive and consume alcohol.
Designate a sober driver and give that person your keys.
If you have been drinking, call a taxi, take the bus or call a sober friend or family member to get you to your destination safely.
Promptly contact law enforcement to report drunk drivers you see on the roadways.
Always wear your seat belt.
If you’re on a motorcycle, use protective safety equipment.
For more information on the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, visit TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136.
For more on the ongoing “Toward Zero Deaths” campaign, visit TZDarkansas.org.