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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
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Patrols start at 7 p.m.

Patrols will begin at 7 p.m. Monday and end in the early morning hours Tuesday.

“This important multiagency crackdown shows how serious we are about keeping impaired drivers off our streets and highways,” Highway Patrol Chief Kerry Pettingill said. “It is vital that we work together to keep people safe on a holiday when so many celebrations include alcohol or other intoxicants.”

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel stated in a news release that his deputies will aim to get intoxicated drivers off the streets and in jail.

Patty said law enforcement officers will watch for impaired drivers in areas of the city where there is a high volume of traffic. It may be around bars or in entertainment districts.

During the New Year's Day holiday period last year, six people died in six crashes across Oklahoma, and 219 people were injured.

Of these, one death and 31 injuries were in alcohol-related crashes, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

by Robert Griffin
Assistant News Editor
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Make smart decisions. 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.”

Capt. Dee Patty,
Oklahoma City Police Department spokeswoman

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