The Arkansas State Police are preparing for the long July 4th Independence Day Week and Weekend, with the annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over is a statewide effort to identify impaired or drunk drivers, and get those drivers off of Arkansas roads. Colonel Bill Bryant, Arkansas State Police Director and the Governor’s Highway Safety Representative, explains.
Making the choice to drink and drive can be deadly. It’s irresponsible behavior, and we will be out in full force to put a stop to it. Make no mistake, if you’re caught drinking and driving, you will be arrested.
State, county, and city law enforcement officers will have increased patrols on Arkansas roads now through the July 4th holiday weekend. They will be having sobriety checkpoints, showing zero tolerance, in an effort to keep drivers and families safe on the roadways.
If you drink over the holiday, here are some reminders from Arkansas State Police:
• Plan a safe way home before you leave. It’s never okay to drink and drive, even if you’ve had one alcoholic beverage. Designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get to your destination safely.
• If you’ve been drinking, call a taxi or someone who is sober to drive you home.
• If you see a drunk driver on the road, call 9-1-1.
• If you know someone who is about to drive or operate a motorcycle or any other vehicle while impaired, take their keys and help make other arrangements to get the person safely to their destination.
• Always buckle up. Your seat belt is the best defense against a drunk driver.