The Texarkana Arkansas Police will be out in full force over the Memorial Day weekend enforcing the traffic laws as needed to ensure the safety of the motoring public. While Memorial Day marks the beginning of summer for many people, statistics show this holiday weekend will conclude with too many traffic related preventable deaths and injuries. The Texarkana Police Department wants to bring awareness to the risks on our roadways while encouraging drivers to take extra precautions this upcoming holiday weekend. Studies have shown that safety belts are 45 percent effective in preventing fatalities. It is estimated that 139 lives may be saved Memorial Day Weekend because of people wearing their safety belts.

To ensure a safe Memorial Day celebration, the Texarkana Police Department recommends buckling up every trip, every time – even when traveling a short distance. Be sure to also keep these tips in mind before heading out the door:

• Refrain from all cell phone use – both hands-free and handheld – behind the wheel

• Place children in age-appropriate safety seats

• Do not drink and drive as impairment begins with the first drink – if you drink, designate a sober driver or take alternate transportation

• Drive defensively and exercise caution, especially during bad weather

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department and Kicker 102.5 wish everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend and encourage you to drive to arrive safely at whatever your destination may be.

Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at txkusa.org/arkpolice.

(Source:Kristi Mitchell TAPD)