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Oklahoma police patrol for drunk driving over holiday

At this time of year, many in Oklahoma look back and wonder where the summer went. Schools will be back in session soon, and weather will begin to turn cooler. Whether a college student, parent or teacher, some may be grasping for the last moments of carefree summer days. However, law enforcement in Oklahoma advises people to exercise good sense when attending those end-of-season celebrations, especially when alcohol is involved. This typically involves planning ahead by assigning designated drivers or other alternatives to drunk driving.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data shows that Labor Day weekend is typically deadly for many motorists. In fact, during a four-year period, over 750 people died on U.S. highways due to alcohol-related crashes over the holiday. The NHTSA believes that by making themselves more visible, law enforcement can reduce the rates of drunk driving fatalities up to 20 percent.

With this hope, Oklahoma police and other agencies will increase their visibility in a variety of ways, anticipating that their presence alone will cause people to think before getting behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. Motorists can expect increased patrols as well as numerous sobriety checkpoints over the next two weeks. Increased police presence is likely to mean more people facing arrest for drunk driving.

A DUI conviction, even a first offense, may bring with it negative consequences that a driver may not anticipate. In addition to fines and potential jail time, drivers often find DUI convictions on their records present obstacles to many paths in life, including jobs and relationships. The first step to avoiding a DUI is to remain sober behind the wheel; however, those who find themselves facing drunk driving charges have the right to the assistance of an attorney.

Source: swtimes.com, "State police prepare for holiday weekend travel with enforcement of sobriety and zero tolerance", Larry Williams II, Aug. 19, 2017

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