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Officers remind you: Buzzed driving is drunk driving


Officers of the Bella Vista Police Department want to remind drivers that the luck of the Irish won’t save them from a trip to jail if they are caught driving while intoxicated.

BVPD is joining law enforcement agencies throughout the state for the statewide St. Patrick’s Day DWI mobilization, starting March 17. Before taking in too many green beers, line up a sober designated driver or other plan to avoid having to get behind the wheel while intoxicated. Remember: even buzzed driving is drunk driving.

According to NHTSA, St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on the road in the U.S. Between the hours of midnight and 6 a.m. over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in 2019, more than half (63%) of crash fatalities involved a drunk driver.

Expect to see increased enforcement on St. Patrick’s Day and through the following weekend, including DWI and safety checkpoints. Think twice before drinking then getting behind the wheel of a vehicle. It could save your life, or the life of someone else. Call for a sober ride, designate a sober driver in advance, or just stay where you are until you are no longer impaired. The risk is not worth it.

If you have any questions about this enforcement, call the Police Department at 479-855-3771.