ASP Troop D reports fourth consecutive fatality-free holiday period

FORREST CITY (Times-Herald) - For the fourth consecutive year, Arkansas State Police Troop D is reporting a Christmas period free of fatal accidents.

According to information from Troop D, which is headquartered in Forrest City, troopers responded to 14 accidents during the holiday period which started Friday at 6 p.m. and ended at midnight Tuesday.

During the holiday period, troopers made 277 arrests. There were 97 speeding citations issued, 16 DWI arrests, 21 seat belt tickets issued and three child restraint seat citations. There were also 41 other hazardous arrests, 59 non-hazardous arrests and 40 criminal arrests. Troopers also issued 148 speeding warnings and assisted 100 motorists during the period.

This year's total numbers are higher than the 2011 Christmas holiday period when 260 arrests were made, including 18 arrests for DWI.

State Police troops statewide are currently participating in the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign which ends on Jan. 1. According to ASP officials, troopers are working to be more visible during the campaign and motorists can expect to see sobriety checkpoints.

MADD suggests that party hosts include alcohol-free beverages and protein-rich foods, along with reminding guests to plan ahead and remember the following advice:

If you plan to drive, don't drink.

If you drink, choose a sober designated driver.

Take a taxicab or ask someone to get you to your designation, if you have been drinking.

Report impaired drivers to law enforcement

Always wear your safety belt, your best defense against an impaired driver.

Click here for more information about the campaign, or call the Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office at 501-618-8136 or MADD at 501-246-8810.