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    SHERWOOD, Ark. (KTHV) -- In just more than a week, Sherwood residents will see more sobriety check points and police patrolling the streets. One teen said she hopes it will save lives but is still hesitant.

    "I think it's a huge epidemic and needs to be cracked down on," said Kendyl Elliott, 17, a senior at Sylvan Hills High School.

    She knows some of her peers drink and drive and put lives at risk. Even knowing Sherwood Police will be stepping up patrols in her city, she thinks some teens will do it anyway.

    "I think students can work around those times and to their advantage," said Elliott.

    Officer Richard Harper is in charge of the STEP-UP unit that will focus on underage drinking in March and April. Harper said two to four officers will be scheduled to focus on DWIs.

    "These are officers we wouldn't have ordinarily have on the street," said Officer Harper.

    With the Sherwood Police Department cracking down on DWIs, it's also allowing them to make other arrests. For example, in the last statewide mobilization, the Sherwood Police Department arrested 39 fugitives and made 74 drug arrests in December.

    Elliott said she appreciates the department's effort, but knows they can only do so much.

    "I think it will prevent some people from drinking and driving, but I don't know it will prevent a huge amount of students," said Elliott.

    This mobilization will run from March 8-17 and again April 12-21.



    The Sherwood Police department will be out in force looking for all impaired drivers with an emphasis on violators of Arkansas' Underage DUI Law, which makes it illegal for anyone under age 21 to drive with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .02 or above.

    "Impaired driving is not just another traffic offense, it is a serious crime that often causes needless deaths and injuries," Lt. Jamie Michaels said.  "Our message is simple, "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over."  If you are over the limit, we will arrest and prosecute you.  No exceptions.  No excuses."


    Underage drinking laws in all 50 states make it illegal for those under age 21 to consume any amount of alcohol.  For more information on the campaign, contact the Arkansas Highway Safety Office at (501) 618-8136 or visit www.TrafficSafetyMarketing.gov.

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