Texarkana, TX 75° View Live Radar Sun H 67° L 59° Mon H 81° L 67° Tue H 81° L 60° Weather Sponsored By:

Effort aims to keep motorists safe over Christmas season

Effort aims to keep motorists safe over Christmas season

December 12th, 2017 by Gazette Staff in Texarkana News

Texarkana, Ark., Police Department will be working extra hours this holiday season to help keep motorists safe and look for impaired drivers.

Through Jan.1, the TAPD will partner with the Department of Transportation's National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a special year-end "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" initiative. The effort aims to get intoxicated drivers off the streets and spread the word about the dangers of impaired driving.

This holiday season, drivers will notice an increase in law enforcement watching for impaired drivers. The holidays are a special time, full of excitement and endless festivities that often bring higher numbers of drunken drivers to the roads.

Drunken driving can have deadly, devastating consequences: 37,461 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the U.S. last year, and 28 percent (10,497) died in crashes where a driver had a blood alcohol concentration over the limit of .08.

Related Article

Texas-side police to step up patrols for holidays

Read more

Drunken drivers often serve jail time, lose their driver's licenses, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. But the ultimate cost of drunken driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.

Follow these tips to stay safe on the road this holiday season:

  • Remember that it is never okay to drive drunk. Even if you've had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use public transportation to get home safely.
  • If you see a drunken driver on the road, call 911.
  • Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.
Getting Started/Comments Policy

Getting started

  1. 1. If you frequently comment on news websites then you may already have a Disqus account. If so, click the "Login" button at the top right of the comment widget and choose whether you'd rather log in with Facebook, Twitter, Google, or a Disqus account.
  2. 2. If you've forgotten your password, Disqus will email you a link that will allow you to create a new one. Easy!
  3. 3. If you're not a member yet, Disqus will go ahead and register you. It's seamless and takes about 10 seconds.
  4. 4. To register, either go through the login process or just click in the box that says "join the discussion," type your comment, and either choose a social media platform to log you in or create a Disqus account with your email address.
  5. 5. If you use Twitter, Facebook or Google to log in, you will need to stay logged into that platform in order to comment. If you create a Disqus account instead, you'll need to remember your Disqus password. Either way, you can change your display name if you'd rather not show off your real name.
  6. 6. Don't be a huge jerk or do anything illegal, and you'll be fine.

Texarkana Gazette Comments Policy

The Texarkana Gazette web sites include interactive areas in which users can express opinions and share ideas and information. We cannot and do not monitor all of the material submitted to the website. Additionally, we do not control, and are not responsible for, content submitted by users. By using the web sites, you may be exposed to content that you may find offensive, indecent, inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise objectionable. You agree that you must evaluate, and bear all risks associated with, the use of the Gazette web sites and any content on the Gazette web sites, including, but not limited to, whether you should rely on such content. Notwithstanding the foregoing, you acknowledge that we shall have the right (but not the obligation) to review any content that you have submitted to the Gazette, and to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content that we determine, in our sole discretion, (a) does not comply with the terms and conditions of this agreement; (b) might violate any law, infringe upon the rights of third parties, or subject us to liability for any reason; or (c) might adversely affect our public image, reputation or goodwill. Moreover, we reserve the right to reject, delete, disable, or remove any content at any time, for the reasons set forth above, for any other reason, or for no reason. If you believe that any content on any of the Gazette web sites infringes upon any copyrights that you own, please contact us pursuant to the procedures outlined in the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (Title 17 U.S.C. § 512) at the following address:

Copyright Agent
The Texarkana Gazette
15 Pine Street
Texarkana, TX 75501
Phone: 903-794-3311
Email: webeditor@texarkanagazette.com