OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – The Oklahoma Freeway Patrol ENDUI group will accomplice with a number of companies throughout the Sooner State to conduct sobriety checkpoints and high-visibility patrols over the 4th of July weekend.
A checkpoint is scheduled in Oklahoma County on Friday, July 2 from 11 p.m. till 1 a.m. Saturday.
One other checkpoint is scheduled on July 3 from 5:30 p.m. to eight:30 p.m. in Norman.
“Regulation enforcement throughout Oklahoma will likely be out in drive this Independence Day weekend ensuring everyone seems to be as protected as doable,” mentioned OHP’s ENDUI group.
Through the 2020 Independence Day holiday period, 5 folks have been killed on Oklahoma roadways. Of the 5 folks killed, 4 of them have been in alcohol and/or drug-related crashes.
OHP says folks typically ask why checkpoints are introduced to the general public and why they solely final a number of hours.
They are saying civilians suppose that by asserting the checkpoints, impaired drivers will make the selection to go across the space of the checkpoint to keep away from detection, however the Oklahoma Freeway Security Workplace and the ENDUI Oklahoma marketing campaign say by asserting the situation and occasions of the checkpoints, a notion of threat is created.
Officers say individuals who could routinely drive impaired, or who’re doing so for the primary time, might imagine twice about that call in the event that they know that further enforcement is within the space which may save numerous lives.
In 2019, 338 folks have been killed in drug and/or alcohol-related crashes.
Officers additionally say earlier than, throughout, and after every checkpoint, further regulation enforcement personnel are out in drive searching for impaired drivers. These officers, deputies, and troopers are within the areas across the checkpoint, and throughout the jurisdictions searching for impaired drivers.
Everybody is extremely inspired to discover a protected experience by calling a sober driver, utilizing a cab, Uber, Lyft or every other ride-share service. Higher but, have a delegated driver. Have enjoyable and revel in life, however don’t, underneath any circumstances, drive whereas impaired by alcohol or every other substance.
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