Arkansas Cops Plan Spring Break Crackdown on Drunk Driving

LITTLE ROCK, AR - State Police say they will be leading a crackdown on drunken driving in Arkansas over the coming weekend.

Arkansas State Police director Colonel Steve Dozier says sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols will be conducted and extra officers will be deployed.  Those officers will be looking for drunken drivers of all ages, but the emphasis will be on rooting out underage drinking and driving.

Friday marks the start of spring break for many high schools and colleges in Arkansas.  Local agencies will be joining State Police in the effort.

State Police say that during 2005, alcohol was involved in 27 percent of fatal crashes involving motorists in the 16-to-20 year age group.  Statistics also show that 79 percent of drivers in that age group who were killed in 2005 were not buckled up.

Dozier says he wants motorists young and old to know that police intend to arrest them if they drink and drive this weekend.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)