Preventing Arkansas Drunk Driving Accidents This Holiday Season
Getting in the Spirit… or Spirits… This Holiday Season
The holidays are right around the corner and many of us are planning to celebrate with friends and family during the coming days. Alcohol may be present at many of these gatherings, which is why the Little Rock auto accident attorneys at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton would like to offer some information about the dangers of drunk driving, what’s being done this year to keep intoxicated motorists off the road, and what you can do to join the fight against driving under the influence.
Drunk Driving by the Numbers
The Arkansas State Police report there were 58,449 motor vehicle collisions in Arkansas during 2013. Of those crashes, 461 were fatal and almost half of those accidents were linked to driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. That’s why law enforcement across the state is stepping up their efforts to take intoxicated motorists off of the roads in the coming weeks.
Sobriety Checkpoints and Saturation Patrols
An article from TXK Today says Arkansas law enforcement agencies have partnered with local departments to conduct the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign from December 18 through January 3. During the time, officers and troopers will conduct operations aimed at catching intoxicated motorists in the act.
Preventing Drunk Driving
While the authorities will be doing their part in the battle against drunk driving, there are several steps you can take to help in the cause. The Little Rock personal injury lawyers at Rainwater, Holt & Sexton point out these include:
- Not getting behind the wheel if you’ve consumed alcohol
- Utilizing a designated driver to get home safely
- Reporting any suspected drunk drivers to police
- Always wear a seatbelt
We hope these tips help you to have safe travels throughout the holiday season!