Glenwood Police Department will be taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign during the Fourth of July holiday weekend, June 29-July 8, 2018. In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, there will be an increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired. Several DWI Checkpoints will be located in the city limits of Glenwood Arkansas. Checkpoint Locations: The area of Highway 70, The area of Highway 8, The area of Mt. View Rd, The area of County Line Rd, The area of Broadway, The area near the Glove Factory. Check Points will take place between June 29, 2018 through July 8, 2018 between the hours of 12:00am - 11:59pm.
During the 2016 Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 2 to 5:59 a.m. July 6), 188 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. This is a 28-percent increase from 2015, during which 146 people were killed during the same holiday period.
It’s essential that our community members understand the safety and financial risks they take when they drink and drive. Under no circumstances is it ever acceptable to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after you’ve been drinking. Doing so endangers you, and everyone on the road with you. This Fourth of July, law enforcement agencies and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urge drivers to designate a sober driver if you plan on drinking.
According to the NHTSA, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in 2016, and 28 percent (10,497) of those fatalities occurred in a crash during which the driver had a BAC over the legal limit of .08. With Fourth of July festivities wrapping up in the evening or late at night, more cars will be on the roads. Nighttime is especially dangerous: the rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes during the 2016 July Fourth holiday period was more than three times higher at night than it was during the day.