Law enforcement cracks down on impaired driving

Law enforcement cracks down on impaired driving

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla._The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is teaming up with other law enforcement agencies across the state for the "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign.

The campaign kicks off August 21 and runs through September 7. Oklahoma law enforcement will mobilize under the theme "ENDUI." They will aggressively look for impaired drivers and arrest anyone who is caught driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

"On average there is one alcohol impaired driving-related fatality every 52 minutes across the country," said Col. Rick Adams, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol. "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."

Adams says law enforcement officials are making progress in the fight against drunk driving by working with our safety partners and by arming people with useful tools such as the SaferRide app: Android and iPhone.

"This holiday season, don't make the selfish and deadly choice to drink and drive. If you plan to drink, always designate a non-drinking driver," Adams said.

Eight people died in vehicle crashed over Labor Day weekend in 2014. Four of the fatalities occurred in alcohol-related crashes. An additional 28 people were injured in alcohol-related crashes.