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Police crack down on drunk driving during Fourth of July

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Many in Region 8 will be traveling for the Fourth of July. 

However, the National Highway Safety Administration said the holiday has proven to be one of the deadliest on roadways nationwide. During the Fourth of July holiday period over the last five years, 765 people died in drunk driving accidents.

That worries Region 8 travelers.  

"I'll be traveling about three hours away to visit family," said Walnut Ridge resident Jonathan Stanley. "I know some people will be drinking so I try to be more aware than I usually would be."

A Jonesboro mom said she always tells her teenagers to be aware of drunk drivers, but those talks get more frequent around busy holidays like the Fourth of July. 

"As it gets closer and they're going out, we'll be mentioning it again telling them to be careful on the roads," Sandy Lilly said. 

These two concerned drivers blame drunk driving on being overconfident and uninformed. 

"I think a lot of them trust their abilities more than they should," Stanley said. "They think they're not as drunk as they are."

"I think sometimes you don't realize how many drinks it takes to become intoxicated," Lilly said. 

In Arkansas, if drivers are older than 21, they will be charged with DWI if they have .08 percent blood alcohol concentration (BAC). Using a BAC calculator, this means a 200-pound man is over the limit if he drinks six beers in two hours. A 150-pound woman is over the limit if she drinks four beers in two hours.

Drivers younger than 21 will be charged with DWI with even less alcohol in their system. The limit drops to .02% BAC. This means a 200-pound man is over the limit if he drinks two beers in one hour and a 150-pound woman is over the limit if she drinks one and a half beers in one hour.

Arkansas State Police are ready to hand out DWI's. The department teamed up with other state and local law enforcement agencies to target drunk driving and speeding with sobriety checkpoints from June 28 until July 14. 

"Some of them are just going to do it, but some of them probably don't realize they're getting drunk," Stanley said. 

"Best not to drink and drive," Lilly said. 

To learn more about the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and "Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine" campaigns, visit the Traffic Safety Marketing website

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