Arrests for drunk driving are up in Arkansas from 2013 to 2014. The Arkansas State Police made 5,563 arrests for DWI in 2014, as compared to the 4,343 arrests made in 2013. The figures may or may not divulge a trend. It could be that in certain counties law enforcement authorities stepped up their enforcement activities, and thereby increased the statewide figures over the prior year.
If a traffic stop is made in Arkansas for a driving violation, the officer may be authorized to engage in testing of the driver. That will be based, however, on the observation of further indicia of drunk driving. The observations may include blood shot eyes, the odor of alcohol and slurred speech. If those factors are present, the driver may be subjected to a field test for basic coordination and a breath alcohol test to measure blood alcohol content.