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Sherwood, Jacksonville police to crack down on underaged drivers who are drinking

If you are under 21 years old, and you plan on drinking and driving from now until April, you might want to stay out of Jacksonville or Sherwood.

Sherwood Police Lt. Jamie Michaels and Jacksonville Police Sgt. Amanda Temple said their departments will conduct saturation patrols, sobriety checkpoints, and stepped up enforcement March 8-17 and April 12-21 looking for impaired drivers and especially young adults and teens who choose to drink and drive.

“The mobilization is supported by television and radio ads to remind the public that there is zero tolerance for those under age 21 who decide to drink and drive,” Michaels said.

Michaels and Temple said departments 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.

“The message is especially important at this time of the year when many more young people are on the road for spring breaks and end-of-school activities such as proms and graduations,” Temple said.

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