FORT SMITH, Ark. (KFTA) — The Fourth of July holiday is quickly approaching, prompting a new campaign dedicated to keeping people alive.
The Fort Smith Police Department will take part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from June 29 until July 5. During this time, there will be increased law enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for anyone who has been drinking.
In 2016, 188 people in the United States were killed after crashes involving drivers or motorcycle operators with a blood alcohol level over the legal limit of .08. In 2015, 146 people died the same weekend.
“It’s essential that our community members understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive,” said Corporal Anthony Rice. “Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you, and everyone on the road with you. If you’re heading to Fourth of July parties this summer, remember: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
If you need a sober ride this weekend, call an Uber, a taxi or download the SaferRide app on Google Play for Android.