Oklahoma City-area law officers will crack down on impaired drivers on New Year's Eve

A team of Oklahoma City-area law officers plans to be out on New Year's Eve. Law officers will be looking for impaired drivers around the city.
by Robert Griffin Published: December 30, 2012

There are telltale signs law officers look for to spot an impaired driver. It could be a car straddling the centerline, one weaving within a lane or a vehicle sporting a flashing turn signal without making a turn.

These all are signals that the driver of the vehicle might be impaired and are just the sort of thing that could catch the attention of an officer on patrol this New Year's Eve.

Some people speed and drive aggressively, said police Capt. Dee Patty, a spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Police Department. But those who drive too slow or weave around traffic might also be stopped.

Patty is part of a team of law officers who will be out on New Year's Eve in the Oklahoma City area.

“Make smart decisions,” Patty said.

“Don't drink and drive. If you are going to celebrate outside the home, take a cab or ride with someone who has not been drinking alcoholic beverages. Don't just ride with someone who is less impaired.”

Metro-area law enforcement agencies will be working together as part of the New Year's Eve crackdown.

A team composed of law officers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Oklahoma County sheriff's office and the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission will patrol Oklahoma City streets, said Lt. Garrett Vowell of the Highway Patrol.

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