|Updated: 3/12/2012 2:49 pm
||Published: 3/12/2012 2:48 pm
SEARCY, AR. – Officials from Searcy Police Department, with the help of the Arkansas State Police and the White County Sheriff’s Office, made 18 arrests at a safety and sobriety checkpoint on Friday night, according to a release.
Over a span of four hours at two locations, police report 18 arrests including two for driving while intoxicated, four for drug-related offenses, five for driving on a suspended license, and seven on outstanding warrants.
Across the country, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 grams per deciliter or higher. According to the latest data, nearly a third of fatalities in motor vehicle traffic crashes involved a driver or motorcycle rider with a BAC above the legal limit – an average of one fatality every 48 minutes.