JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Drinking and driving is never a good idea, but Jonesboro Police are making it an especially bad one, because they will be out in force beginning August 21 as part of the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. crackdown.
JPD isn't alone. The campaign is a national one that thousands of other law enforcement agencies will be taking part of through Labor Day weekend.
According to the release, drunk driving is one of America's deadliest crimes, with 13,000 people dying in 2007 in highway crashes involving a driver with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher.
"Make no mistake. Our message is simple. No matter what you drive-a passenger car, pickup, sport utility vehicle or motorcycle-if we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you. No exceptions. No excuses. We will be out in force to get more drunk drivers off the road-and save lives that might otherwise be lost." says the news release.
The Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest. program is organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). It is supported by $13 million in paid-national advertising.