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Hot Springs police and the Garland County Sheriff's Department are taking part in the national Labor Day DWI mobilization "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," which begins Friday and runs through Sept. 2.

"In support of law enforcement's dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you will see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired," police said in a news release.

"We will be conducting saturation patrols during this time frame throughout Garland County with the sole purpose of arresting impaired drivers," Sheriff Mike McCormick said in a news release.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, drunken driving accounted for 10,874 motor vehicle traffic crash-induced deaths, around 29 percent, in 2017. The rate of alcohol impairment among drivers involved in fatal crashes is higher at night.

"We want to be very clear about the consequences of drunk driving," Officer 1st Class Omar Cervantes said in the release. "In every state in this country, drunk driving is illegal. It's also incredibly deadly, and a risk we don't want to see people take. Make no mistake: If you are caught drinking and driving, you will be pulled over and arrested. Driving under the influence of any substance will land you a DUI."

"Our goal is to keep intoxicated people off the roads of Garland County during this holiday season through increased patrols," Under Sheriff Jason Lawrence said. "We are committed to the safety of the citizens of Garland County, and when it comes to impaired driving we have a zero-tolerance policy."

Drinking and driving is dangerous, even if you're "just buzzed," the release said. "When you drive impaired, you risk your life and safety, and the lives and safety of those riding with you and around you. Does mortality not get your attention? Maybe money will: A DUI arrest could cost you up to $10,000, not to mention the loss of your vehicle and driver's license.

"You could face jail time, higher insurance rates, and hefty expenses from attorney's fees, fines, car towing and repairs, and lost time at work. Imagine trying to explain that to your family, friends, or employer," the release said.

Local on 08/14/2019

Print Headline: Local law enforcement to target impaired drivers through Sept. 2

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