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Oklahoma County deputies plan zero tolerance for drunk drivers on holiday weekend

Oklahoma drivers urged to have a plan to get home safely if they expect to drink over the long weekend.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Published: September 1, 2012

Oklahoma County sheriff's deputies will step up patrols over the Labor Day weekend in an effort to cut down on the number of drunken drivers.

The effort is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign Driver Sober or Get Pulled Over.

“We will have a zero-tolerance policy for anyone found driving under the influence of alcohol,” Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said in a news release.

Six fatality accidents occurred on state roads during the 2011 Labor Day weekend, according to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

One of those fatalities involved alcohol.

In 2010, 10 fatalities were reported, with five related to alcohol.

“We ask everyone to have a plan right now,” Whetsel said. “Call a taxi, have a sober designated driver or call AAA's Tipsy Tow.”

Tipsy Tow provides free rides home to drivers who feel unsafe behind the wheel — and their vehicle — in the metro areas of Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Ardmore, Lawton, Shawnee, Muskogee, Enid and Bartlesville. Call (800) 222-4357 and ask for Tipsy Tow.