JOPLIN, Mo. — Nearly 100 law enforcement officers from four states turned out recent ly to kick off a program to crack down on drunken drivers.
Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri and Arkansas will participate in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” program that runs through Sept. 3.
“This four-state event is a symbol of the unified effort across the United States to cut down on impaired driving crashes,” Oklahoma Highway Patrol Lt. Garrett Vowell said in a prepared statement.
The “don't drink and drive” message is a combined message from law enforcement, firefighters and other rescue personnel, he said.
“If you choose otherwise, law enforcement will be watching, and you will be arrested,” Vowell said.
In Oklahoma, a person operating a vehicle with a blood alcohol level higher than .08 is driving illegally.
Troopers, a prosecutor and others from Kansas, Oklahoma and Missouri spoke during the kickoff. Speakers said drunken driving crashes are not accidents — they are 100 percent preventable.