SSPD cam­paigns against act of drink­ing and driv­ing

Siloam Springs Herald Leader - - RECORDS - From Staff Re­ports

The Siloam Springs Police Depart­ment is taking part in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over cam­paign dur­ing the up­com­ing La­bor Day Hol­i­day.

This will take place from Aug. 17 to Sept. 3 as part of an ef­fort to sup­port law en­force­ment’s ded­i­ca­tion to pro­tect­ing the lives of res­i­dents and vis­i­tors to Siloam Springs. Dur­ing this time, mo­torists should ex­pect to see an in­creased pres­ence of law en­force­ment on the roads, who will have zero tol­er­ance for those who drive im­paired.

An­other method the depart­ment will be uti­liz­ing to com­bat drunken driv­ing is con­duct­ing sat­u­ra­tion pa­trols, which will in­volve ad­di­tional of­fi­cers who are trained on how to iden­tify the signs of drunken driv­ing. So­bri­ety check points are also pos­si­ble.

To avoid an un­nec­es­sary and costly mis­take, the Siloam Springs Police Depart­ment is urg­ing driv­ers to des­ig­nate a sober driver be­fore head­ing out for the evening. If you plan on drink­ing, plan on not driv­ing.

In ad­di­tion to this ad­vice, the depart­ment is also ad­vo­cat­ing for the fol­low­ing tips to en­sure a safe night on the roads:

• Re­mem­ber that it is never OK to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one al­co­holic bev­er­age, des­ig­nate a sober driver or plan to use pub­lic trans­porta­tion or a ride shar­ing ser­vice to get home safely.

• If you see a drunk driver on the road, con­tact law en­force­ment.

• Have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make ar­range­ments to get your friend home safely.

“It’s essen­tial that ev­ery­one un­der­stand the safety and fi­nan­cial risks they take when they drink and drive,” said Capt. Derek Spicer. “It is never ac­cept­able to get be­hind the wheel of a ve­hi­cle af­ter you’ve been drink­ing. Do­ing so en­dan­gers you, and ev­ery­one on the road with you.”

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