Most Americans may not realize it, but the Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year due to drunk drivers behind the wheel.

 

That’s why this Fourth of July, the Texarkana, Arkansas Police department is stepping up enforcement efforts as part of the ongoing “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” enforcement crackdown to catch and arrest impaired drivers who put themselves and others at risk. Officers will be out in full force this Fourth of July showing zero tolerance for drivers who choose to drink and drive.

Impaired-driving crashes killed more than 10,000 people in 2010, accounting for 31 percent of all traffic-related fatalities in the United States. That’s an average of one alcohol-impaired driving fatality every 51 minutes.

The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) will also increase DWI patrols for a nine-day period that includes July 4th. From June 30 – July 8, DPS troopers will focus DWI patrols in high-risk locations at times when alcohol-related crashes are most frequent.

So think before you drive buckle up and have a safe Happy Holiday!

(Source: TAPD/Texas DPS)