“The Fourth of July has proven to be one of the deadliest holidays on Arkansas highways and in many instances, drunk driving has been the cause of these deaths,” said Colonel Stan Witt, Arkansas State Police Director and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “We want everyone to drive sober and obey the posted speed limit. That’s why we’re focusing on the ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ and ‘Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine’ campaigns during this holiday period.”
Law enforcement agencies across the state will increase sobriety checkpoints and speeding patrols as part of the two week enforcement operation. Officers are prepared to arrest drunk drivers and ticket speeders to ensure roadways are safer.
“Safety is our primary concern, not just for drivers and passengers, but for others on the road such as pedestrians and workers in construction zones,” said Colonel Witt. “We hope all Arkansans have a great summer and holiday, but we are asking everyone to drive responsibly.”
There were 552 traffic fatalities on Arkansas roadways during 2012. Twenty-six percent, or 143 of those fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. Speeding was a contributing factor in 76 of the total fatalities or almost 14 percent.
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