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The Helena Arkansas Daily World - Helena, AR
  • ASP encouraging motorists to travel with caution during the holiday period

  • Considered one of the heaviest traveling periods on the calendar, the Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner and local law enforcement officers are encouraging motorists to exercise extra caution during this period. Literally, thousands of motorists will hit the roads and interstate highways en route to fireworks demonstrations and picnics.
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  • Considered one of the heaviest traveling periods on the calendar, the Fourth of July holiday is right around the corner and local law enforcement officers are encouraging motorists to exercise extra caution during this period. Literally, thousands of motorists will hit the roads and interstate highways en route to fireworks demonstrations and picnics. Beginning today (June 28) and continuing through the next two weeks, state, city and county law enforcement agencies will be aggressively working to reduce the risk of fatal accidents through the strict enforcement of two of the most common traffic violations associated with fatal crashes – driving while impaired and speeding. Sobriety checkpoints and speed patrols will be at the top of priority lists for all police, statewide. “Troopers will be aggressively enforcing the targeted laws during the upcoming holiday period,” stated Col. Stan Witt, director of the Arkansas State Police and the governor's highway safety representative, in a press release. “Please drive safely, follow the speed limit and don't drink and drive.” Drinking and driving is a deadly combination. All law enforcement agencies stress the importance of designating a sober driver and refusing to ride with anyone who has been drinking. “Speeding greatly reduces a driver's ability to steer safely around another vehicle, a hazardous object or an unexpected curve,” said Witt. “Speeding and impaired drivers put themselves, their passengers and other divers at tremendous risk.” Naturally, death and injury are the most serious consequences of drunk driving but Witt adds there are other negative considerations that can alter lives. These include the loss of a driver's license and thus the loss of driving privileges, vehicle impoundment, jail time, lawyer fees, court costs and insurance increases. “All drivers are on notice that a violation of these laws can be life changing,” continued Witt. “Remember, 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' and 'Obey the Sign, or Pay the Fine'.” For additional information, please log onto www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or call the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8133.

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