On March 8-17 and April 12-21 The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department will conduct stepped up enforcement, looking for impaired drivers and especially young adults and teens that choose to drink and drive.
These types of additional Selective Traffic Enforcement Operations are paid for by our Community Traffic Safety/DWI Enforcement Grant, which is administered through the Arkansas Highway Safety Office. It has provided additional funding to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department since 1991. Under this grant, additional officers target impaired drivers with an increased emphasis on those who violate the underage DUI laws within the State of Arkansas, which makes it illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to operate a vehicle with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) at or above .02%.
Texarkana Arkansas Police Chief Bob Harrison states, “Our message is especially important at this time of the year when many more young people are on the road for spring breaks and end-of-school activities such as proms and graduations. For a young driver, this means one drink is all it takes to be impaired. Impaired driving is not just another traffic offense; it is a serious crime that often causes needless deaths and injuries,”
Underage drinking laws in all 50 states make it illegal for those under age 21 to consume any amount of alcohol. For more information on the campaign, contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at 501-618-8136 or visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.
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)