Police upping patrols as Labor Day nears
According to a press release from the Arkansas State Police, law enforcement agencies across Arkansas started extending their patrol hours and setting up added sobriety checkpoints Friday and will keep it up through Sept. 5 (the end of Labor Day weekend). Police officers in Arkansas may stop a vehicle and ticket the driver or passenger if either is not buckled-up. No other traffic violation has to be observed by the officer in order to initiate the traffic stop.
The plan’s mission is “to detect and arrest intoxicated drivers and cite violators of the state’s seat belt and child safety seat laws,” the press release reads. Impaired driving and failure to comply with Arkansas safety belt laws are two of the more common contributing factors to injuries and fatalities from motor vehicle crashes on Arkansas roadways, it continues.
“Our goal is to save lives and prevent injuries,” said Colonel JR Howard, Director of the Arkansas State Police and Governor’s Highway Safety Representative. “Although traffic safety laws are enforced year round, special high visibility enforcement operations are used when traffic volume typically rises such as in the weeks leading up to and through a holiday period.
“As the last summer holiday arrives, we encourage all drivers to drive responsibly and sober and insist that everyone in the vehicle is properly buckled-up. Safety belts are your best protection against the drunk driver. So remember, Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over and Click It or Ticket,” Howard said.
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