JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Summer may be winding down, but Arkansas State Police are cranking up their crackdown on drunk driving.
The Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office will partner with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to stop drunk drivers through the Labor Day holiday.
The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign begins Friday, Aug. 19, and continues through Monday, Sept. 5.
During that time state and local law enforcement officers across the state will conduct sobriety checkpoints, and more officers will patrol the roads.
According to NHTSA, more than 10,000 people on average die each year in drunk driving crashes. During the 2014 Labor Day weekend, 40 percent of crash fatalities involved drivers or motorcycle operators who were legally impaired with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08 or higher, according to an ASP release.
The ASPHSO recommends:
- Always plan ahead whenever you expect to drive and consume alcohol.
- Designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.
- If you have been drinking, call a taxi, take a bus, or call a sober friend or family member to get you to your destination safely.
- Promptly report to law enforcement drunk drivers you see on the roadways.
- Always wear your seat belt.
- If you’re on a motorcycle, use protective equipment.
For more information on the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign, visit trafficsafetymarketing.gov or call (501) 618-8136.
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