The Labor Day weekend “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” drunk-driving campaign resulted in three DWI-related arrests between the Searcy Police Department and White County Sheriff’s Office.
The campaign ramps up the usual enforcement efforts, with Searcy dispatching four additional unity over the weekend. The department made two arrests, according to Sgt. Todd DeWitt, public information officer for the department. White County Sheriff Phillip Miller said his agency made the other DWI arrest over the weekend.
“First and foremost, our goal is to protect the citizens of this community, so we’ve been spreading the message about the dangers of drunk driving for years,” DeWitt said. “We hope that with each Drive Sober campaign, more people listen and our drunk driving arrests decrease. It is imperative to remember that if you feel impaired by any substance, you should not get behind the wheel of a vehicle.”
Statistics from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration show that during the 2018 Labor Day holiday period (6 p.m. Aug. 31-5:59 a.m. Sept. 4) there were 439 crash fatalities involving drivers who had been drinking (.01 plus blood alcohol content). More than one-third (38 percent) of the fatalities involved drivers who were drunk (.08-plus BAC). Nearly one-fourth (24 percent) involved drivers who were driving with a BAC almost twice the legal limit (.15-plus BAC).