Arkansas Police Crack Down on Drunk Driving

ARKANSAS-- Labor Day weekend, for many, is a holiday full of barbecues and fun with loved ones; but, for the Arkansas State Police, the weekend is also full of drunk driving tragedies.

Every year, the state police hold a "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign to increase public awareness of this issue. "Drive Sober or get Pulled Over" starts on August 15th and runs through September 1st. During that time, state and local law enforcement will be actively targeting drunk drivers. This is a part of a nationwide effort to stop drunk driving and save lives.

According to the Arkansas State Police website, in 2012, 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving accidents around the country. During Labor Day weekend of that year, almost 40 percent of traffic fatalities involved drunk driving.

Also during 2012, there were 552 traffic fatalities in Arkansas, according to the website. 143 of those involved a driver who's blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was over the legal limit.

"These grim facts should speak for themselves, but the message hasn't gotten everyone's attention yet," Arkansas State Police Director, Colonel Stan Witt, said. "That's why the Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. There will be no tolerance, no excuses."

Arkansas State Police say they recommend planning ahead and having a designated driver, or calling a cab if you plan to drink.

"Drunk driving is totally preventable and inexcusable," Colonel Witt said.  "We're hopeful that Arkansas drivers will get the message and take some simple steps to prevent this kind of tragedy."

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