- Associated Press - Monday, August 17, 2015

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The director of the Arkansas State Police says the agency’s launching a drunk driving prevention program ahead of the upcoming Labor Day holiday.

Col. Bill Bryant said Monday the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” initiative will combine state, city and county law enforcement resources over a 17-day period, beginning on Friday.

Statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration indicate more than 10,000 people across the U.S. have died in highway crashes involving vehicle or motorcycle operators who were legally impaired with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or higher. The records include more than 123 people who have died in Arkansas crashes.

Impaired violators run the risk of jail time, the loss of their driver license, ignition interlocks on their vehicles and the performance of court-ordered community service work.

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