DUI Crackdown for Labor Day Weekend

JONESBORO - Arkansas State police and the Craighead County Sheriff's Department held a weekend-long D-U-I crackdown.

Officers say it's the holiday weekends that see the most alcohol-related accidents.

"This labor day holiday weekend is the last major holiday of the summer. People are spending that last weekend on the rivers and on the lakes before school starts," said Darren Austin, an Arkansas State trooper.

State police say this year, they haven't seen as many DUI-related cases as they did last year, although the final results from this weekend's saturation will not be available until sometime later in the week.

"We do spend a lot of time on enforcing DWI, throughout the weekend we will hold extra checkpoints and extra saturation patrols where we put multiple officers on a highway and spend a lot of effort on that particular highway," said Austin.

Officers say just because it's a holiday, it doesn't mean you shouldn't use common sense.

"The best thing to do if you're going to be drinking over the holiday weekend, is to not get behind the wheel period. We tell you to go and get a designated driver, or stay put where you're going to be," said Charles Leech, a Craighead County Sheriff's Deputy.

In Arkansas, any blood alcohol level greater than, or at, .08 can land you in jail, but how many drinks it takes to get to that point, varies from person to person.

"At .08, it's gonna effect everyone different. A smaller person that doesn't drink as much might go .08 after two drinks, for someone bigger, it might take them a little bit more, but .08 is the legal limit, said Leech.

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