SSPD campaigns against act of drinking and driving
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.”