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Local law enforcement increasing patrol for NYE

Posted at 5:44 AM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 15:56:03-05

TULSA, Okla. — While we all want to enjoy the celebrations, the most important thing is to make sure you get home safely.

It's why local law enforcement will be cracking down on drunk drivers.

More than 40 percent of car accidents that happen around New Year's Eve are due to drunk drivers, making it one of the most dangerous nights of the year to be on the road.

It's why starting Monday, you should expect to see more police officers, sheriff's deputies and state troopers out on the road watching for people drinking and driving.

Last year, 10 different agencies from around Tulsa came together for a DUI enforcement campaign.

They had saturation patrols and checkpoints both in Tulsa and Creek counties.

Checkpoints are being planned this year but the location will remain secret.

OHP says if you're planning on drinking over the holiday to have a course of action to get home safely.

Whether that's phoning a friend, using a taxi, Uber or Lyft, or just leaving your keys at home for the night.

If you live in Bartlesville, the police chief and his staff will be up all night and personally drive anyone home who's had too much to drink.

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