The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol are teaming up with nearly 100 law-enforcement agencies across Oklahoma to combat impaired driving this New Year’s Eve.
The goal is simple: To make Oklahoma as safe as possible by getting impaired drivers off the roads. Additional deputies, officers and troopers will be on the lookout for impaired drivers across the state before, during and after any checkpoints.
During the New Year’s holiday last year, there were a total of 374 crashes in Oklahoma. Five of those crashes were fatal, resulting in the deaths of five people. Two of the people killed were in alcohol/drug-related crashes.
Of the 374 crashes last year, 45 of them were alcohol- and/or drug-related. This means that more than 12% of the holiday crashes on Oklahoma roads involved a potentially impaired driver.
If impaired drivers are on the road tonight, they will be found, and there will be zero tolerance for impaired drivers.
Everyone is highly encouraged to find a safe ride by calling a sober driver, using a cab, Lyft, Uber or any other ride-share service. Better yet, have a designated driver. Have fun and enjoy life, but do not, under any circumstances, drive while impaired by alcohol and any other substance. The cost is too high.
Laura Brown, KXMX Staff Writer
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