BENTON, Ark. - The Saline County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) is set to step up DWI checkpoints and traffic patrols over the next 90 days.
The SCSO says the effort to reduce traffic deaths begins this weekend and will continue throughout March, April and May. The initiative will be a collaboration with the Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Game and Fish, Benton PD, Bryant PD and Cammack Village PD.
“A proportionally tiny amount of bad behavior is one of the major causes of death and injury on our roadways,” said Saline County Sheriff Rodney Wright in a news release issued on Monday.
The release states that Americans take 233 billion trips in cars each year. Of those, about one out of every two thousand trips are taken by those who are driving under the influence of alcohol. Yet, almost one out of every three traffic deaths involve drunk driving. On average, every 53 minutes, someone is killed in a drunk driving crash. Every two minutes, someone is injured because of this entirely preventable crime.
"We're giving Saline County drivers a clear warning. Enforcement during this campaign will be strong and if you're caught driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you will be arrested. Make a commitment now, while you're sober, to avoid getting behind the wheel if you're impaired. It's simply not worth the risk," said the SCSO Patrol Division lieutenant in the release.
Particularly over the Memorial Day weekend, the SCSO will be increasing its presence on roads with the aid of grants to help pay for overtime.