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OHP will be out in force to prevent drunk driving

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LAWTON, Okla._Spring break is finally here for Oklahomans and that means more high school and college kids will be on the roads.

Whether they're of legal drinking age or not, many of these students will be going to parties and might be tempted to drink and drive. So, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is going to increase its efforts to keep that from happening.

During the month of March, OHP will be focusing on drivers and passengers transporting open containers, minors in possession of alcohol and of course drinking and driving. If you're one of those going on spring breaker you might think they're trying to ruin your fun but they're actually just trying to keep you safe.

"We're going to have extra troopers on shifts all hours of the day especially from 3 p.m. to 3 a.m. focusing solely on dui enforcement," said Trooper Cody Jackson with OHP.

Jackson says it's not just spring break that results in more DUI arrests, it's the warmer weather so this is a problem that isn't going away anytime soon.

"Anytime we come across someone transporting an open container. An open container in the vehicle is a good indication of a DUI," explained Jackson.

For underage students a DUI isn't the same as for adults.

"Anyone under the age of 21, the legal alcohol limit is .02 so any alcohol consumed by a person under the age of 21 is going to test .02 or in an excess of that," said Jackson.

If you're under 21 and caught with any alcohol you could be charged as a minor in possession, which could just get you not only a ticket but the officer could put you in jail.

Jackson stresses for party goers to know their limit and have a designated driver. The OHP also plans on having sobriety checkpoints in places that have been problems in the past.

"Along with that we'll have roving patrols, patrolling this entire area from Oklahoma City to Texas. From Duncan to Tillman County," said Jackson.

This year, Saint Patrick's Day kicks off spring break, so make sure that if you are drinking and don't have a designated driver, you can always call AAA's  free Tipsy Tow services till 4 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Just call 1-800-AAA-help and ask for "Tipsy Tow."

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