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Arkansas police plan crackdown on drunken driving during Fourth of July holiday

by Evan Hart | June 24, 2016 at 10:43 a.m.

State, city and county law enforcement agencies are planning a crackdown on drunken driving this Fourth of July holiday.

Arkansas State Police said in a news release that 397 people died in motor vehicle accidents across the U.S. during five days surrounding the July 4 holiday in 2014. Of those, 41 percent were reportedly caused in part by a substance-impaired driver.

“Don’t even think about drinking and driving this Fourth of July, or you risk being arrested,” Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant said in a statement. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving — no excuses.”

The Arkansas Highway Safety Office encouraged holiday partiers to plan to have a designated driver or alternatively to use a taxi or Uber cab. The agency also encouraged people to take the keys away from anyone who is about to operate a motor vehicle while impaired and to report intoxicated drivers on the roadways to police.

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