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Jonesboro, AR -- Lauren Payne Reports

Impaired driving crackdown underway

By Lauren Payne - bio | email feedback

"It's just an aggressive enforcement campaign that we're doing to try and keep people safe," said Corporal Chuck Wilson, with Arkansas State Police.

Beginning now and lasting through the new year, along with an increase in traffic in the area, you'll likely notice an increase in police patrols as well.  It's a warning of sorts from police.

"You know it might stick in their mind that maybe we shouldn't do some of the things we think we can get by with," said Cpl. Wilson.

"It's a good idea to be careful and to not over-serve, but under the current law one is protected," said Jonesboro attorney, Bill Bristow.

Bristow says under current Arkansas law, a social host who serves alcohol to adults is not civilly liable if someone drinks, drives, and injures their self or someone else after leaving that party.

"It's the personal responsibility of the driver who drinks and goes out and hurts someone," said Bristow.

Bristow says other states have imposed responsibility in addition to the drinking driver--on the social hosts as well.  He says everyone including a party's host should be cautious.

"While I would say right now the law is that a social host does not have civil responsibility, I would still say be cautious because your case might be the case that the courts decided to change the rules," said Bristow.

"Everyone has someone they can call," said Cpl. Wilson.

Police across the state are encouraging people to use a designated driver--to keep you and those you share the road with safe.          

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