JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Jonesboro Police Department has kicked off their drunk driving campaign. It started over the weekend and will last until the New Year. The goal is to get impaired drivers off the road to save lives.
"Office parties, work parties, family get together, people do tend to drink through the holidays we see a lot more wrecks involving alcohol related incidents," Jonesboro police officer Sgt. George Martin told Region 8 News.
In 2012, more than 33,000 people died in car wrecks in the United States. Over 10,000 of those wrecks were caused by drunk drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said on average, 31% of all crash fatalities in America involve drunk driving.
That number jumps on Christmas Day.
In 2012, 36% of the fatal accidents in America were caused by alcohol-impaired driving. Sgt. George Martin with JPD said that's why its important to have a plan before you drink.
"Leave your keys at home, that way, when you get there, your designated driver will get you back safely," Sgt. Martin said. "If you wait til you start drinking to try to plan this, a lot of times, drinking is gonna impair your judgement and you're more likely to try to drive."
Sgt. Martin said if you do decide to get behind the wheel, police will be there.
Jonesboro police and departments across Region 8 crack down on drunk drivers during the holidays.
Jonesboro police recently released DWI arrests from December 20 through the 31 over the past ten years.
In 2006, 22 people were arrested for driving while intoxicated. While the numbers aren't always that high, JPD said this year, they anticipate approximately 15 DWI arrests.
Those are numbers they expect but don't want.
"We want people to enjoy the holidays, but we want everyone to be safe at the same time," Sgt. Martin said.
Sgt. Martin added that if you see someone driving haphazardly, call police so they can get them off the streets.