Police Crackdown On Impaired Driving Underway

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT)  Melanie Taylor was killed by a drunk driver when she was just 19.

"I feel like my daughter would be proud that I do this," said her mom, Jimmie Taylor.

Her mother, Jimmie, is a MADD Volunteer.

MADD stands for Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Instead of dwelling on losing her daughter, she's using her daughter's death as an avenue to educate others about the dangers of impaired driving.

"I try to do something positive, especially with young people....like in high school. I like to speak at high schools before they get to the prison's or the recovery centers," said Taylor.

"Sometimes people don't realize that they are past driving you know, they just don't realize it," said Taylor.

"We hear people talking about the enforcement effort, and we know they are making better decisions about drinking and driving for fear of getting caught during these enforcement periods," said Sgt. Steve McDaniel with the Jonesboro Police Department.

A nationwide enforcement underway now through the holiday weekend cracking down on impaired drivers.

Efforts that include police saturation of the roads and highways, and checkpoints in the city and county.

"We're going to be out there, and we'll be out there in force looking for drunk drivers.  If you're over the limit, you will be under arrest," said Sgt. McDaniel.

As for Jimmie Taylor, she knows she can't stop people from drinking, she's just urging people to do so responsibly.

"If I can convince someone's child to make a different decision, than she didn't die in vain....that's the way I look at it," said Taylor.