The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans. Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, fireworks and for many alcohol. But the holiday can quickly go from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking. The most recent statistics from 2012 show that over the July 4th holiday period, 78 people were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, Conway Police Officers will be out in force all over the city continuing their aggressive efforts to stop those who put lives in danger. CPD will have two to three additional officers working the streets from June 28-July 14," said Sgt. Ben Lackey with Conway Police. "Simply put, if you drink and drive you will be arrested! The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving—no excuses."

Data shows that the Fourth of July holiday period is especially deadly. Let’s change this! "This Fourth of July holiday, you can show your patriotism by helping to make Conway roads safer for everyone," said Sgt. Lackey. Law enforcement is not messing around this Independence Day: if you’re caught driving drunk, you will be arrested. And keep in mind that aside from putting your life and the lives of others at risk, driving impaired can also lead to serious consequences. A DUI arrest can mean time in jail, loss of your license, and steep financial expenses; the average DUI costs about $10,000.

CPD recommends these simple tips to prevent drunk driving:

• Plan a safe way home before the fun begins;

• Before drinking, designate a sober driver;

• If you’re impaired, use a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

For more information about the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, visit