TULSA - Troopers and officers will be out enforcing impaired driving laws with zero tolerance.
“We’re going to be doing a sobriety checkpoint, maybe it’ll change their mind about wanting to take that chance and drink and get behind the wheel,” said OHP Trooper Antonio Porter. “The last thing we want to do is take them to jail.”
This year into next, OHP, Tulsa County, Tulsa Police, Rogers County, Wagoner County, Catoosa will all be setting up DUI checkpoints. OHP arrested 13 people for DUI last New Year’s Eve alone.
Though this is the 4th year multiple Green Country law enforcement agencies have teamed up on New Year’s Eve, it is the first year with an emphasis on ENDUI. In a statement to the media, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office officials said Oklahoma was rated 51st in the nation in making improvement related to the number of alcohol-related deaths. ENDUI hopes to change all that.
The campaign's website offers numerous tools to help you avoid the temptation of drinking under the influence, including a blood alcohol limit calculator and tips for before and after you start drinking. .08% BAC is the legal limit and if you are under 21 any amount of alcohol is grounds for a DUI arrest.
And don’t forget AAA’s free tipsy tow.
AAA Oklahoma will offer its Tipsy Tow community service for all year-end holiday partiers. The innovative program gives intoxicated drivers an option instead of getting behind the wheel and taking a chance on the road. Anyone, AAA member or not, can call for a free Tipsy Tow ride for themselves and their vehicle until 4 a.m. Friday, Jan. 2, 2015.
“Each year in Oklahoma, 35 percent of all traffic crashes involve drugs or alcohol,” said Chuck Mai, spokesman for AAA Oklahoma. “Over the holidays, that number often jumps to more than 40 percent.”
Tipsy Tow is available in metropolitan Tulsa, metro Oklahoma City, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Enid, Muskogee, Ardmore, Tahlequah and Lawton at no charge, no questions asked.
The free ride is available within a 15-mile radius from point of pick-up, motorists just need to call l-800-AAA-HELP (800-222-4357) and make sure they ask for the Tipsy Tow.
As always, there is just one place AAA’s Tipsy Tow service will take you and your car and that’s home.