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.
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.
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