Police cracking down on drunk drivers Labor Day weekend

LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - Thousands of Arkansans are enjoying their last holiday weekend of the summer and police are out to make sure it's a safe one.

Labor Day weekend is in full swing and authorities are out in full force right now cracking down on drunk drivers. But that's not the only thing they'll be looking for.

"We left yesterday and we hope to get into Lynchburg on Monday," said Tripp Gibson, of Albuquerque, NM.

Gibson is making the long haul to Virginia this Labor Day weekend. A 26-hour drive he began Saturday.

"The new construction along the road has been kind of bumpy in the last few miles," he said. "Arkansas is gorgeous."

Thousands of Arkansans and a third of all Americans will be hitting the roads for a variety of reasons. But police want them to keep one thing in mind.

"There's a lot of people on the roads," said Lt. Carl Mind, spokesperson for the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. "We'll have our guys out to watch and make sure that people are following the laws, doing what they're supposed to do."

They're hoping to prevent traffic deaths by cracking down on those who don't wear their seatbelts or who drive drunk.

"Watch what you're drinking, especially over the weekend," he said. "As hot as it is, really it takes people less time to get a little inebriated than it normally would. If everybody would just have some common sense and be polite, it'd be a good weekend."

During 2011, 220 passengers who weren't wearing their seat belts died in car accidents. That same year 549 drivers died in traffic accidents. Of those, 156 of them involved a driver with blood alcohol level of .08 or higher. The goal for police is to make sure you make it to your final destination safely, whatever the reason may be.

"Tomorrow afternoon about three o' clock I get to see my six-year-old granddaughter," said Gibson.