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Enjoy Independence Day Safely: Always Drive Sober

Written by  Tuesday, 02 July 2019 22:52
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The Fourth of July is celebrated by friends and families nationwide. It’s a time for Americans to fire up the barbecue, hoist the flag, and grab a seat for that spectacular fireworks display. But before you head out for the celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home.


During the 2017 Independence Day holiday, there were 694 crashes in Oklahoma. Of those, 11 people were killed.

 

More than half of those killed were involved in alcohol/drug-related crashes.

 


The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is teaming up with law enforcement around the state to help get you home safe this fourth of July. 

A checkpoint and high-visibility patrol are planned in Cherokee County with the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Cherokee Nation Marshals, Tahlequah Police Department, and the Grand River Dam Authority on Thursday, July 4 starting at 5 p.m. and running until at least 9 p.m.


Also on July 4, the Cleveland County Sheriff's Office and Norman Police Department will join the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for a sobriety checkpoint in the Norman area from 11 p.m. Thursday through 2 a.m. Friday.


On July 5, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, Warr Acres Police Department, and the Bethany Police Department will join the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to conduct a sobriety checkpoint in Oklahoma County.

 

The Oklahoma City Police Department, Edmond Police Department, and Valley Brook Police Department will conduct high-visibility patrols across their cities during the holiday. The checkpoint will begin at 11 p.m. on July 5 and run through 2 a.m. on July 6.


In Bryan County, the sheriff's office will join the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Calera Police Department, and Durant Police Department for high-visibility patrols throughout the county on July 5.


On July 6, the Marshall County Sheriff's Office, Madill Police Department, Kingston Police Department, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be out doing high-visibility patrols in the evening and early-morning hours.


In Tulsa, the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Tulsa Police Department, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and high-visibility patrols on July 6. The checkpoint will begin at 10 p.m. and last through the morning of July 7.


In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

 

There is absolutely no reason for impaired driving collisions to happen. If you are drinking, have a plan to get home safe.


To help people make the decision to get home safe, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the ENDUI program are giving out $10 Uber coupons. To get a coupon, riders must visit this website and fill out the request form. The codes will be sent out on the morning of July 4 and can be used through 6 a.m. on July 7.


Everyone is highly encouraged to find a safe ride by calling a sober driver, using a cab, Uber, Lyft or any other ride-share service. Better yet, have a designated driver. 


The ENDUI enforcement team coordinates multi-jurisdictional events on a regular basis, including sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols.

 

These efforts are needed to impact Oklahoma’s impaired driving problem across the state. The locations of these activities are driven by data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and by local request.

The ENDUI Oklahoma program is a program of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and is funded through impaired driving grants from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 

David Deaton

Digital Editor at Oklahoma Welcome

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