The Arkansas City Police Department will join 150 other police agencies across the state, including the Kansas Highway Patrol, in the “You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.” traffic enforcement campaign beginning today and running through September 7th.
A grant from the Kansas Department of Transportation will underwrite overtime traffic enforcement that specifically targets impaired drivers in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged and other dangerous drivers from the roadways. A driving under the influence conviction can result in up to one year in jail, the suspension or
permanent revocation of a driver’s license, a fine of $500 to $2,500, increased insurance premiums, participation in an alcohol or other drug treatment program, and the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device, which requires the offender to blow into a device that measures blood alcohol concentration prior to starting the car. Police say if you’re going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly by planning ahead and lining up a designated driver before leaving your home.