Greene Co. doubling down on DUIs

PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - According to the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Greene County DUI rates are nearly double Arkansas as a whole. Cpl. Jack Hailey said their STEP program is one of many reasons their DUI rate is so high.

"When they are off duty they will come to work overtime," said Hailey. "It's funded through a grant that allows them to come in and work strictly DWI enforcement."

Not only are patrolman on the lookout, Hailey said they often receive phone calls from other citizens who are concerned with possible impaired drivers.

"Patrol guys and officers on the street are really good at looking for these things," said Hailey. "They want to make sure people here are taken care of and are safe."

Hailey said the manpower to locate a drunk driver is also a contributor.

"Several trained officers is what I think is one of the big keys we have here," said Hailey.

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