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Impaired driving campaign aimed toward Arkansas teen drivers
SEARCY, Ark. – Officers from the Searcy Police Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, and White County Sheriff’s Office will be conducting a DWI Checkpoint on Saturday night, April 18, 2012 into Sunday morning, April 19, 2012 near the Searcy area. The campaign purposely coincides with the spring season when many teenagers are on school breaks, celebrating proms and attending graduation parties.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), alcohol related fatalities involving individuals under the age of twenty-one increases during this time of the year.
Motor vehicle crashes remain the leading cause of death among U.S. teens overall. During 2010 there were 47 drivers and passengers in Arkansas under the age of twenty-one involved in alcohol-related fatal crashes.
In 2010, 10,228 people were killed in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. That’s an average of 1 alcohol-impaired-driving fatality every 51 minutes, in 2010.
The Searcy Police Department wants to remind the public that buzzed driving is drunk driving. If we catch you, you will go to jail.
For more information, visit the High-Visibility Enforcement Campaign Headquarters at www.StopImpairedDriving.org<http://www.StopImpairedDriving.org>.