Fayetteville police to increase drunk driving enforcement

Fayetteville police plan to crack down on drunk drivers this month as part of a nationwide Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over initiative.

The program begins Friday, Aug. 15 and runs through Sept. 1, according to a news release.

Drivers will be arrested if caught driving with a blood alcohol concentration over the legal limit. Drunk drivers face the possibility of jail time, fines or the loss of their driver’s license.

Over 10,000 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in the United States in 2012, according to the release. During Labor Day weekend that same year, more than one-third of all traffic fatalities were attributed to drunk driving crashes.

The department recommends the following tips to avoid a drunk driving crash or arrest:

  • Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin if you plan to drink alcohol.
  • Before drinking, designate a sober driver and leave your car keys at home.
  • If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member.
  • If you happen to see a drunk driver on the road, don’t hesitate to contact your local law enforcement agency.
  • If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take that person’s keys and help him or her make other arrangements to get home safely.