ASP, local police cracking down on underage drinking & driving | Crime
This weekend marks the beginning of Spring Break for many Arkansas college and high school students.
It also marks the beginning of two law enforcement operations dedicated to identifying and arresting young drivers who might be drunk or impaired.
Arkansas State Police are teaming up with local law enforcement agencies across the state and Your Region 8 to reduce drunk driving.
Between March 9-18 and April 13-22, expect to see increased patrols and sobriety checkpoints.
The reason for the crackdown is simple: Alcohol-related fatalities involving individuals under the age of 21 increase during this time of year, according to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration.
Colonel Stan Witt, director of the ASP and the Governor’s Highway Safety representative, is quoted in a news release as saying, “Impaired driving is not just another traffic offense. It’s a serious crime that often causes needless deaths and injuries.”
According to state law, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to drive with a blood alcohol concentration between .02 and .07.
If arrested, a Driving Under the Influence (DUI) conviction could result in a loss of driving privileges, community service and fines up to $2,000.
A teen arrested and convicted of Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) with a BAC of .08 faces the same penalties as an adult, including fines court costs, license suspension and jail time.