Don’t drink and drive.
JONESBORO, Ark. – The City of Jonesboro is a fun place to be on New Year’s Eve but make sure you have plans to get home if you’re drinking – and make sure those plans do not involve you getting behind the wheel.
Sobriety checkpoints will be conducted in Jonesboro on New Year’s weekend, confirmed Jonesboro Police Department Public Relations Officer David McDaniel.
Drunk driving is a deadly epidemic that takes the lives of more than 10,000 people each year, on average, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
- If you will be drinking, plan on not driving. Plan your safe ride home before you start the party. Designate a sober driver ahead of time.
- If you become intoxicated, do not drive for any reason. Call a taxi, phone a sober friend or family member. Try NHTSA’s SaferRide mobile app, which allows users to call a taxi or friend and identify their location so they can be picked up. Or try Uber, Lyft, or just call a local taxi service.
- If someone you know has been drinking, do not let that person get behind the wheel. Take their keys, take them home, or help them arrange a safe way home.
- If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact your local law enforcement. Your actions could help save someone’s life.
Drunk driving offenders often serve jail time, lose their driver’s license, are charged higher insurance rates, and pay dozens of other unanticipated expenses ranging from attorney fees, court costs, car towing and repairs, and lost wages due to time off from work. But the ultimate cost of drunk driving is causing a traffic crash that injures or kills.
Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. Jonesboro police will be looking for drunk drivers.