As summer arrives, there are many things to look forward to. People in Arkansas may plan their vacations, open their pools and fire up the grills. When the Fourth of July weekend rolls around, there are fireworks and parties to celebrate the holiday. However, it is also the time when law enforcement redoubles its efforts to prevent accidents due to drunk driving.
In 2014, almost 400 people died nationwide in motor vehicle accidents over the July Fourth weekend alone, and almost half of those accidents were alcohol-related. For this reason, police are on the lookout for drunk drivers and are taking no excuses. City, state, and county police agencies will work together in an aggressive effort to minimize the possibility of accidents on the roads.
Driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher is illegal across the country; under some circumstances, the legal limit is even lower. Police recommend that people make plans for a safe way home before they begin drinking. This may mean having a designated driver, calling a cab, or maybe just staying put for the night. Law enforcement also asks the public to help them locate drunk drivers by calling 911 if they suspect they see an intoxicated driver.
A drunk driving arrest is serious in Arkansas, and anyone who is charged may receive very little leniency. A conviction may mean time in jail, suspension of driving privileges, and various fines. Because of this and the aggressive nature with which police are targeting drunk drivers, a person who is charged with DWI would be wise to contact a lawyer as quickly as possible. An experienced attorney will be able to recommend a vigorous defense strategy.
Source: stuttgartdailyleader.com, "Law enforcement to crack down on July 4 DWI arrests", June 29, 2016