The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department today announced its officers will be out in full force during the Fourth of July holiday period, cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest enforcement effort.
During the July 4th holiday period in 2009, there were a total of 410 traffic-related fatalities. Of those, 40 percent involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC of .08 or higher.
“Too many people still fail to understand that alcohol and driving don’t mix. Impaired driving is no accident—nor is it a victimless crime. It’s vitally important that we bring this tragic situation to an end,” said Sergeant Sam McJunkins.
Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest problems. In 2009, 10,839 people were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes, accounting for nearly 32 percent of all traffic – related fatalities. That’s an average of one impaired – driving fatality every 48 minutes in 2009.
Sgt. McJunkins said following these easy steps, a driver can enjoy a safe and festive holiday without jeopardizing their life and the lives of the others who may be on the road.
Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin;
* Before drinking, please designate a sober driver and give that person your keys
* If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation so you are sure to get home safely
* If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement;
Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk. The consequences are serious and real. Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma and financial costs of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Violators often face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, higher insurance rates, and dozens of other unanticipated expenses.
“No matter what you drive—a passenger car, pickup, or motorcycle—if you are caught driving impaired, you will be arrested,” said McJunkins. Remember. Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer
903-798-3187 (office) 903-824-4199 (cell)