The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department would like to announce that it will be joining other state and local law enforcement agencies March, 11-20, 2011 and April 15-24, 2011, in an effort to curb underage drinking.
This is part of a state wide effort to keep young drivers safe before the upcoming end of the school year and the many activities associated with it such as proms, graduations and spring break. Traffic crashes are the leading cause of death to America’s teens and nearly one-third of those crashes are alcohol-related.
The Texarkana, Arkansas Police Department will utilize additional patrols specifically identifying drunk drivers with an emphasis on underage drinking and driving.
It is against the law in all states for anyone under the age of 21 to drink alcoholic beverages. Arkansas’s Underage Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Law, makes it illegal for anyone under age 21 to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or above.
“For a young driver, this often means one drink is all it takes to be impaired.” said Sergeant Sam McJunkins “Impaired driving is not just another traffic offense; it is a serious crime that often causes needless deaths and injuries,” he said. “We’re working to alert our community that underage drinking is against the law and the consequences that can result from the choice to drink and drive are serious: a possible criminal record, losing your license and effects on your entire family.”
For more information on preventing underage drinking visit www.stopimpaireddriving.org, or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at 501-618-8136.
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)