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BVPD reminds you: Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

As summertime celebrations come to a close during Labor Day weekend, BVPD officers remind you that buzzed driving is still drunk driving, and to think twice before getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while impaired.

The Bella Vista Police Department wants to help ensure our residents and visitors arrive home safely and are participating in a DWI mobilization through September 5. You can expect to see increased enforcement on the lookout for drunk drivers, including DWI and safety checkpoints.

During the 2020 Labor Day weekend, almost 40 percent of fatal crashes involved a drunk driver. Among drivers aged 21 to 34 who were killed in 2020 Labor Day crashes, 44 percent were intoxicated. In 2020, one person was killed every 45 minutes in a drunk driving crash on roads in the U.S.

Nationally, it is illegal for adults to drive with a blood-alcohol level of .08 or higher, except in Utah where the limit is .05.

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.