FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFTA) — The Fort Smith Police Department is partnering with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration this Labor Day and every day to get drunk drivers off the roads and help save lives.
The high-visibility national enforcement campaign, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over, runs from August 17 through September 3, 2018.
During this period, local law enforcement will show zero tolerance for drunk driving.
Increased state and national messages about the dangers of driving impaired, coupled with enforcement and increased officers on the road aim to drastically reduce drunk driving on our nation’s roadways, according to a Public Affairs Office news release.
According to NHTSA, 10,497 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in 2016.
This is why the Fort Smith Police Department is working with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, it is a matter of life and death, Corporal Anthony Rice said. Drug-impaired driving is also an increasing problem on our nation’s roads.
“We need our community to understand: It’s up to them to make the smart decision to drive sober—Labor Day, and every day,” said SGT. Scott Campbell. “Drunk driving is a huge problem in our country, and the numbers are rising, little by little. This isn’t about a ticketing campaign. This is about a campaign to get the message out that drunk driving is illegal and it takes lives. Help us put an end to this senseless behavior.”
Fort Smith Police Department Representatives said they recommend the following safety alternatives to drinking and driving:
– Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation or a ride sharing service to get home safely.
– Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices.
– SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
– If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Fort Smith Police Department at 479-709-5100.
– If you have a friend who is about to drink and drive, take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.