‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ steps up campaign for holiday season

As the holiday season continues, law enforcement are stepping up patrols in an effort to curb drunk driving. The Mountain Home Police Department and the Arkansas State Police are partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) as the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" enforcement campaign runs through New Year's Day.

Mountain Home and Arkansas State Police remind residents and visitors it's never okay to drink and drive. Even with one alcoholic beverage, it's recommended to designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely. In addition, anyone seeing a drunk driver on the road is asked to contact local law enforcement. Also, anyone with a friend who is about to drink and drive should take the keys away and get the friend home safely.

NHTSA statistics show an average of 10,000 deaths from drunk-driving crashes each year from 2011 to 2015. In 2015, the stats averaged out to one person killed every 51 minutes. That is the equivalent of 20 jumbo jets crashing each year with no local survivors.

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