The holidays are a time for celebration, visiting with loved ones, and reflecting on the year past and the year ahead. Yet all too often, the holiday spirit is destroyed by the
recklessness of a drunk driver.
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department joins other local, county, and state law enforcement agencies across the country this December to remind everyone that Drunk Driving and/or Driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs during the holiday
season don’t mix.
“Whether you’ve had one or one too many -- drinking and driving is never worth the risk,” said TAPD Chief Robert Harrison. “If you are going to drink, designate a sober driver
before the party starts, and encourage your friends and family to always do the
We want you to be able to spend Christmas and New Years with your family and friends, rather than in a hospital or jail cell. This agency adheres to a zero tolerance policy when it comes to alcohol use when operating a motor vehicle on city streets.
Twenty-nine percent of fatalities during months of December from 2007 to 2011 occurred in crashes that involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 grams per deciliter or higher.
“While everyone knows that driving a vehicle or riding a motorcycle while impaired seriously
jeopardizes your safety and the safety of others on the road around you, we still see far too many lives lost each December.” Harrison said.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 760 people died as a result of drunk driving-related crashes during December 2011.
TAPD is encouraging people to take steps to ensure their holiday celebrations don’t end in
tragedy. Our DWI Traffic Safety Grant provides for additional patrol officers to work DWI Check Points and DWI/Speed Enforcement shifts during the holiday season.
Below are tips from the TAPD on how to have a safe, but festive, holiday:
If you are impaired, call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member.
- Be responsible. If someone you know is drinking, don't let that person get behind the wheel.
If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact law enforcement. Your actions may save someone’s life; inaction could cost one.