“DRIVE SOBER OR GET PULLED OVER" INITIATIVE READY FOR THE HOLIDAY SEASON
The Cotter Police Department will be increasing their patrol activity aimed at impaired drivers. Beginning Friday (December 15th) Arkansas State Troopers, along with city and county agencies, will join in the national “Drive Sober of Get Pulled Over” enforcement mobilization. The special enforcement operation will continue through Monday, January 1, 2018.
As the holiday celebrations begin, far too many individuals will be tempted to drive a vehicle after consuming alcohol. The results typically end in tragedy, if not deadly, consequences.
Reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) during calendar year 2015 indicate that across the U.S. there were 35,092 people killed in motor vehicle crashes. More than 10,000 of those people, 29%, lost their lives in the crashes involving drivers with blood alcohol concentrations (BAC) of .08% or greater. In Arkansas, during the same reporting period, there were 531 roadway fatalities and 148 (28%) of the deaths were alcohol related.
Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, receive notices of higher auto insurance rates and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, vehicle towing and repairs, not to mention being away from their jobs and lost wages. But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.
Follow these tips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:
• If you plan to drink alcohol, don’t plan to drive. Instead, plan for a safe ride home. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
• If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member or use public transportation.
• If someone you know has been drinking, don’t let them drive. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe trip home.
• If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.