This holiday season, Siloam Springs Police Officers will work around the clock to keep vehicle drivers and passengers safe as they search for drunk drivers. From December 13-31, 2017, law enforcement is partnering with the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in a special year-end Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement mobilization to get drunk drivers off the street and to spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving.
“This holiday season, drivers will notice increased enforcement watching closely for anyone who is driving impaired,” said Lt. Derek Spicer. “It is vital that we keep our roads and our travelers safe, not just at the holidays, but every day. With extra travelers on the roads, and people attending holiday parties, we will likely see an uptick in drunk driving. We’ll be arresting anyone who breaks this life-saving law.”
The holidays are a special time in America, full of excitement and endless festivities. Oftentimes, these celebrations bring higher numbers of drunk drivers to the roads, endangering those drivers and others. Drunk driving can have deadly, devastating consequences. Nationally in 2016, 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes, and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) over the limit of .08.
In fact, from 2012-2016, 14,472 people lost their lives in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the month of December, and twenty-eight percent (3,995) died in a crash that involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher.
“This should be a time of happy merrymaking, a time for friends and families to come together for endless laughs, good food, and happy memories,” said Lt. Scott Miller. “We are committed to doing whatever it takes to help save lives by keeping drunk drivers off the roads. Choosing to drink and drive is a selfish choice – one that will see harsh consequences.”
Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s licenses, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. 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:
Remember that it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
Download NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, available on Google Play for Android devices: (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhtsa.SaferRide&hl=en), and Apple’s iTunes Store for iOS devices: (https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/saferride/id950774008?mt=8). SaferRide allows users to call a taxi or a predetermined friend and identifies the user’s location so he or she can be picked up.
If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the Siloam Springs Police Department at (479) 524-4118 or Law Enforcement in your area.
Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. Siloam Springs Police Officers will be looking for drunk drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.