101 Town Center, P.O. Box 5655, Bella Vista, AR 72714 (479)876-1255

BVPD Independence Day DWI mobilization

As Independence Day approaches, Bella Vista Police Department officers remind you that buzzed driving is drunk driving, and to think twice before having too much fun and getting behind the wheel.

Drunk driving is one of the most common and deadliest crimes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly one third of all crash fatalities in the U.S. involved drunk drivers. It is illegal in every U.S. state except Utah to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher (.05 in Utah).

Even though it’s illegal to drive impaired, in 2020 one person was killed every 45 minutes in a drunk driving crash on U.S. roads.

The Bella Vista Police Department wants to help ensure our residents and visitors arrive home safely and will be participating in a nationwide DWI mobilization starting June 29. You can expect to see increased enforcement on the lookout for drunk drivers through the Independence Day holiday, including DWI and safety checkpoints.

Think twice before getting into a vehicle and driving, to ensure you and those on the road with you make it safely home. 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.