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Police alert for drunk driving over the holidays

As the holiday season nears an end, people in Oklahoma may be planning their New Year's Eve celebrations. However, even as party plans are being made, law enforcement agencies are making preparations of their own. Following the lead of the national campaign to "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over," police across the state will be on the lookout for drunk driving.

The month of December is especially prone to drunk driving accidents. In fact, over 14,000 people across the country died in car accidents in December of last year. Twenty-eight percent of those fatalities involved drivers with blood alcohol concentrations of .08 or more. In Oklahoma, 26 percent of all fatal accidents in 2015 were alcohol-related.

Because of these statistics, law enforcement has adopted a zero-tolerance policy for intoxicated drivers. Every time the calendar brings around the next festive holiday, police and safety advocates remind drivers to plan ahead with a designated driver, call a taxi and prevent friends from driving after they have been drinking. Those who drink and drive may face severe penalties, including time in jail, suspension of drivers' licenses, fines and other related expenses.

Most drivers understand that the penalties are meant to discourage drunk driving and reduce DUI accidents and injuries. However, they may find themselves in situations where they need legal assistance to face a DUI charge. In Oklahoma, convictions for drunk driving can have a lasting impact on a person's job, housing situation, educational opportunities and personal life. An attorney with considerable experience will investigate the facts and fight to keep the client out of jail and free to live a normal life.

Source: tulsaworld.com, "Law enforcement to target drunk, impaired drivers over the holidays", Dec. 19, 2016

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