The recently concluded Paragould Police mobilization to enforce drunk-driving laws produced few DWI arrests, which could be considered success, according to Patrol Capt. Brent McCain of the Paragould Department.
“The numbers were down from before,” McCain said. “We only made two arrests.” However, he agreed with a suggestion that advance notice of the holiday mobilization, and closing the bars at 11 didn’t hurt either.
The DWI mobilization in Paragould, December 18-January 1, was part of the annual nationwide effort promoted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to reduce deaths from driving while intoxicated during the holiday season. The mobilization in Paragould involved four officers volunteering to work overtime during the period, through the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP).
STEP is a program of the Highway Safety Office of the Arkansas State Police. It provides funds to pay for the overtime worked in support of specified enforcement activities.