What You Need to Know Before Traveling for the Holidays

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BENTONVILLE, Ark. (KFTA) — The weekend before Christmas is one of the busiest times to travel. For those driving to their holiday destinations, law enforcement is doing it’s part to ensure a safe arrival.

Statistics show over 10,000 people nationwide were killed in drunk driving accidents last year, with almost 900 in December alone. During the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, police suggest figuring out how you will get home before you start drinking because those caught driving impaired face heavy fines or even jail time.

Sergeant Shannon Jenkins with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said it’s important for everyone to stay diligent on the road.

“If you see somebody that is out and something doesn’t look right, please call it in to your local law enforcement agency,” Jenkins said. “We will have somebody dispatched over that way immediately to see if that person is, in fact, safe to drive on the roads.”

Jenkins went on to say that drunk driving is not the only offense that can get you pulled over. Drug impaired driving, including marijuana can lead to the same punishments.

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