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Hope Star - Hope, AR
  • Holiday DUI effort working

  • “People know when they shouldn't be driving,” Hope Police Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin pointed out today, as the Hope Police Department and Arkansas State Police continue a cooperative Labor Day holiday traffic safety campaign.
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  • People know when they shouldn't be driving,” Hope Police Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin pointed out today, as the Hope Police Department and Arkansas State Police continue a cooperative Labor Day holiday traffic safety campaign.
    Tomlin said her point is the emphasis of the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.
    Hopefully, it's working,” she said, noting that since the campaign began Aug. 15, the HPD has made only two arrests for driving under the influence.
    The safe driving campaign is part of a national initiative which extends through Sept. 1. Tomlin said the campaign enforces zero tolerance for DUI offenses.
    All shifts of the HPD participate in the awareness campaign,” Tomlin said. “We, also, have people assigned to focus on that during the campaign; their only function on the street during that time will be the identification of folks driving under the influence.”
    According to statistics from the ASP, during the Labor Day holiday weekend in 2012, drunk driving accidents comprised 40 percent of the 10,322 traffic fatalities for the year. During the same year, there were 552 traffic fatalities in Arkansas, with 143 attributed to motorcycle or motor vehicle operators with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher.
    Tomlin said the necessity for such widespread monitoring stems from the manner in which people plan to use their holiday time.
    The hot spots tend to change, depending on where people are and where they intend to go,” she said.
    Tomlin reminded local residents to rely upon a “designated driver” for safe driving home from events where alcohol is consumed, or to use local taxi services.

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