Make The Choice Designate Before You Celebrate

Plan a safe ride home. Arkansas, be safe. Don’t drink and drive.

We all wish our lives would return to normal—but as we go out to restaurants, other venues and parties to gather with friends, remember to plan a safe ride home. The ones who don’t could face negative consequences.

In 2020, almost one third of all traffic deaths in the state of Arkansas involved alcohol.* This year, law enforcement continues on Arkansas roads and highways, looking for drunk drivers in every region of the state to prevent crashes and save lives.

In Arkansas, you are legally considered to be driving under the influence if your blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is 0.08% or higher. And Arkansas has a zero-tolerance policy for people under age 21 who drink and drive.

Be smart. If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel. It’s not worth the risk of getting a DUI—or worse, risking your life and the lives of others.

If you’re going out and there is even a possibility that you may drink alcohol, you need to plan for a safe ride home. With just a few drinks you could be too impaired to safely drive. If you choose a friend to be a designated driver before you’ve had too much to drink, you can have a good time and get home safely.

Choosing a designated driver could be one of the most important decisions you make.


Arkansas State Police Highway Safety Office

One person died every 52 minutes as the result of drunk driving crashes on U.S. streets and highways during 2019.* Even during the joyous Christmas season, the deadly statistics continue to mount.

This holiday season, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is partnering with Arkansas law enforcement agencies to spread the message about the dangers of drunk driving.

Arkansas law enforcement officers want all drivers to remember this lifesaving message, “Drive Sober or Get Pulled OverRead More in DSOGPO Press Release.

*Source: NHTSA