Across the county, April 20 has change into unofficially often called “Weed Day.” In Arkansas, state police need drivers to know that driving excessive can nonetheless lead to critical penalties.
Through the previous week, Arkansas State Troopers and regulation enforcement officers throughout the state intensified patrols on the lookout for drivers who’re impaired by medicine. The operation is a part of a five-state plan directed towards the damaging observe of driving whereas beneath the affect of each unlawful and authorized medicine.
The “If You Really feel Completely different, You Drive Completely different. Drive Excessive, Get a DWI,” kicked off Sunday and continues by means of as we speak.
State troopers, native law enforcement officials and sheriff’s deputies are intensifying enforcement of drug-impaired driving legal guidelines. They’ll cease and arrest anybody impaired by medicine or alcohol.
“Working any type of automobile whereas beneath the affect of a drug is harmful and may result in harm or demise on the roadways,” mentioned Colonel Invoice Bryant, Arkansas State Police Director and the Governor’s Freeway Security Consultant.
“It doesn’t should be an unlawful substance to trigger impairment, it may be medication for a chilly or a sleep assist,” Colonel Bryant continued. “Many over-the-counter and prescribed drugs, in addition to unlawful substances like marijuana or cocaine can result in impaired driving that may lead to a DWI cost towards the motive force. Our state troopers and regulation enforcement companions will make no exceptions.”
Drivers ought to by no means over-medicate themselves, or drive after being prescribed a brand new medicine till it is identified what impact it may need on their judgment, coordination, and response time.
There are alternatives for impaired drivers to keep away from getting behind the wheel, together with asking a sober driver for assist, public transportation, or rideshare service.