TAPD: Drive sober this holiday

    The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department wants to remind residents that buzzed driving is drunk driving this holiday season.

    This Thanksgiving holiday, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is teaming up with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department to make sure you make it to the Thanksgiving table. With the Thanksgiving holiday kicking off a very merry time of year, it’s essential to take some time to remember that Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving. If your plans to celebrate include alcohol, plan for a sober driver.

    Drunk-driving-related crashes spike during the Thanksgiving holiday season. According to NHTSA, 185 people were killed during the 2020 Thanksgiving period. Tragically, from 2016-2020, 821 people died in alcohol-impaired crashes during the entire Thanksgiving holiday period. During this same period, males were more likely than females to be killed in an alcohol-impaired crash, with males accounting for more than one-quarter of fatalities.

    • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use a ride service, or call a taxi or a sober friend to get home safely. A person was killed in a drunk driving crash every 45 minutes in 2020. Therefore, TAPD is working together with NHTSA to remind drivers that drunk driving is not only illegal, but it is also a matter of life and death. As you head out to festivities during this Thanksgiving holiday, remember: Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving.

    Here are some helpful reminders:

    • Remember that it is never okay to drink and drive. Even if you’ve had only one alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver or plan to use a ride service, call a taxi or a sober friend to get home safely.

    • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact 911.

    • Do you have a friend who is about to drink and drive? Take the keys away and make arrangements to get your friend home safely.

    By working together, we can save lives and help keep America’s roadways safe. Please join us in sharing the lifesaving message Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving during the holiday weekend.

    For more information, please visit www.nhtsa.gov/risky-driving/drunk-driving.

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