Law enforcement agencies to concentrate on impaired driving, speeding during holiday weekend

The Fourth of July Holiday weekend is traditionally one of the busiest travel periods in the state, and law enforcement officials will be out in force to enforce traffic laws.

Arkansas State Police Director Col. Stan Witt said in a news release that troopers and other law enforcement officers will be concentrating on two of the most common traffic violations associated with fatal crashes, driving while impaired and speeding.

“Troopers will be aggressively enforcing the targeted laws during the upcoming holiday period,” Witt said. Please drive safely, follow the speed limit and don’t drink and drive.”

Sobriety checkpoints and speed patrols will be a top priority for law enforcement statewide.

Witt said drinking and driving is “a deadly combination” and stressed the importance of designating a sober driver and refusing to ride with any driver who has been drinking.

“Speeding greatly reduces a driver’s ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object or an unexpected curve,” Witt said. “Speeding and impaired drivers put themselves, their passengers and other drivers at tremendous risk.”

While death and injury are the most serious of possible consequences of drunk driving, there are other considerations that can affect lives for many years, including loss of a driver’s license, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer fees, court costs and insurance rate hikes, just to name a few.

“All drivers should be on notice that a violation of these laws can be life changing,” Witt said. “Remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Obey the Sign or Pay the Fine.”

The enforcement campaign will continue through the entire holiday weekend.