You Drink and Drive, and You Lose

December 19, 2003--Posted at 5:00 p.m.

Jonesboro, AR--Every two minutes someone is injured in an alcohol related car crash, but this holiday season, Arkansas state troopers are doing their part to try and lower those statistics.

Beginning December 19, Arkansas State Troopers will be out in full force conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols throughout the state.  Their goal is to stop drunk drivers.  Their message is simple.

"If you drink and drive you're going to lose," says Captain Mike Coy of the Arkansas State Police.  "Hopefully if you lose, you lose at the lowest level and not the worst level."

At the lowest level a DWI violator can lose their license, their car, their cash, and can even end up in jail.

Capt. Coy says, "If they do drink they are taking a big risk in a lot of ways, the most profound being the loss of life."

Many people will attend holiday parties where alcohol is served, but Coy says if you plan to drink, then plan ahead, not to drive.

"If they plan on drinking and plan on driving any distance then they need to make arrangements where they won't be behind the wheel of the car," says Capt. Coy.  "Nobody wants to be a loser and we don't want to see anybody be a loser. We'd rather that didn't happen."

Always make sure you have a sober person designated as your driver, if not, then call a cab, it's a whole lot safer and cheaper than a DWI arrest.