The Labor Day holiday is a time to enjoy a weekend and celebrate with friends and family. Unfortunately the holiday is often marred with tragedy and death caused by drunk drivers traveling across state roads and highways. Beginning August 15th and continuing through September 1st Hope, Arkansas law enforcement officers will be aggressively targeting their patrols in search of drunk drivers. The enforcement plan is part of a nationwide effort designed to stop drunk driving and save lives. The Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign will pair increased public awareness with high visibility law enforcement, resulting in fewer drunk drivers getting behind the wheel of a vehicle endangering themselves and others. Across the nation during calendar year 2012 there were 10,322 people killed in drunk-driving crashes. Over the Labor Day weekend that same year, almost 40 percent of all traffic fatalities are due to alcohol-impaired-drivers. Nighttime is the worst, with almost half (46%) of all nighttime (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) traffic fatalities involving a drunk driver during the Labor Day holiday weekend. “The Hope Police Department will be joining the national Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign and will arrest anyone caught driving drunk. There will be no tolerance, no excuses”, says Assistant Chief Kim Tomlin. There were 552 traffic fatalities on Arkansas roadways during 2012. Twenty-six percent, or 143 of those fatalities involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher. “Drunk driving is totally preventable and inexcusable,” said Tomlin. “We’re hoping that Arkansas drivers get the message and take some simple steps to prevent this kind of tragedy. There’s always another way home.” The Hope Police Department reminds drivers to plan ahead and designate a sober driver if they plan to consume alcohol. Calling on a friend or using a taxi can save lives. For more information on the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov or contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136.