Thursday, September 3, 2015

OHP Targets DUIs to Save Lives

In Oklahoma over the Labor Day Holiday in 2014, eight people died in vehicle crashes. Four of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes, and an additional 28 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes.

That's why the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is joining with law enforcement agencies across the state and throughout the nation for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign through Sept. 7. Law enforcement officers will be aggressively looking for impaired drivers, arresting anyone who is caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

"On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 52 minutes across the country," said Col. Rick Adams, Oklahoma Highway Patrol chief. "This tragic loss of life can be prevented if we get impaired drivers off our roadways. Driving impaired is simply not worth the risk, so don't take the chance. Any time you choose to drink, make sure you have designated a non drinking driver. If you do choose to drive impaired, we will be watching and we will arrest you. No warnings, no excuses."

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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