Law enforcement hopes safety checkpoints will limit driving loss on New Year’s Eve

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is working with multiple agencies across Oklahoma Friday to organize DUI and sobriety checkpoints along with saturation patrols to catch motorists Drunk on New Year’s Eve.

As a new year awaits us Friday night, so does the DUI and safety checkpoints as the Oklahoma Highway Patrol plans to partner with several departments across Oklahoma on a statewide effort. to reduce drunk driving. Soldier Eric Foster said their goal for New Year’s Eve is zero accidents and zero deaths as those incidents continue to increase.

“These fatal crashes that we see almost every night in the state of Oklahoma are on the rise and we feel that is our calling, our duty as the Patrol. Oklahoma highways have to go out to keep families, keep people safe,” Foster said.

Foster and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol say drunk driving continues to be a problem for Oklahoma.

“Oklahoma is the second-most dangerous state in the country for driving on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day,” said Aaron Brilbeck of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office. “It was a horrible thing.”

The state saw 396 fatal drunk driving crashes in 2020 alone. That number accounted for 60% of all fatal crashes that year. Friday night, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and many other agencies are hoping to prevent that with their saturation checkpoints and patrols. Saturation patrols will put more law enforcement officers on the streets. So, if you plan to party and celebrate the New Year, be sure and find another route home, otherwise you may suffer the consequences of an arrest.

“There are a number of different things we can do to make sure you don’t drive while intoxicated, and you don’t kill yourself or kill others,” says Brilbeck. “So no tolerance tonight.”

While drunk driving may be the key phrase for these incidents, it’s clearly not limited to it.

“We’re starting to see more and more that drunk stops or fatal crashes are linked, not just with alcohol, but with other substances,” Foster said. “Legal and illegal substances.”

“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve pulled someone over a driver while they’re overhead and they’re like, ‘oh no, it’s okay. I have a medical marijuana card. ‘” Brillbeck said. “That doesn’t make it okay.”

https://kfor.com/news/local/law-enforcement-hope-sobriety-checkpoints-curb-impaired-driving-new-years-eve/ Law enforcement hopes safety checkpoints will limit driving loss on New Year’s Eve


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