Drinking and driving make a deadly combination

by Stan Morris e-mail | Twitter

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Police will probably be the first to encourage you to have fun on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day but they will also be the first to arrest you if that fun involves drinking and driving.

"Field sobriety will be administered at that point to determine whether or not they are over the limit and if they are, they'll be under arrest," says Corporal Heath McEntire.

"First offense DWI you're looking fines obviously, driver's license suspension and possible jail time or public service warrant," follows up Sergeant Steve McDaniel, both of Jonesboro Police.

But the threat of serious injury or worse is why police want you to be smart and use a designated driver if you must go somewhere on New Year's Eve.

Corporal McEntire says some of the worst that he has seen has come from drinking and driving. "Several fatality accidents, serious motor vehicle crashes" have involved alcohol, he commented.

The BAT mobile, or blood-alcohol-testing vehicle, will be used to help prevent drinking and driving with all of the attention surrounding it, in addition to helping officers test sobriety in the field.

Sgt. McDaniel says the vehicle and the efforts will be key in preventing tragedy on this holiday.

"Its always hard to deal with people who are injured or killed and their families as a result of intoxicated drivers," he said.

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