OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma Department of Public Safety announced sobriety checkpoints and activity planned for New Year's Eve across the state.
Officials aid the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) is working together with law enforcement across Oklahoma to ensure a safe holiday.
The goal is simple: to make Oklahoma as safe as possible by getting impaired drivers off the roads. Additional deputies, troopers, and officers will be on duty across the state looking for impaired drivers.
Officials said during last year's New Year's Even holiday, there were 148 crashes. Out of those crashes, two resulted in the deaths of two people and at least 24 of them were drug or alcohol related.
Officials urge people to find safe rides home on around the New Year's Even holiday by calling a sober driver, using a cab, Uber, Lyft or another ride-share service.
Below are the plans for the 2020 New Year's Eve holiday:
OHP will work along with Calera Police Department and the Bryan County Sheriff's Office to "conduct high-visibility patrols" in southeastern Oklahoma.
In Muskogee area:
- A checkpoint will be in the area from 9:30 p.m. until 11:30 p.m.
- Saturation patrol in the city and county before, during and after the checkpoint
- These will be supported by OHP, Muskogee Police Department, Muskogee County Sheriff's Office and the Muskogee-Creek Nation Police Department
In Tulsa area:
- Extra patrols to target impaired driving
- These will be supported by OHP, Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, Tulsa Police Department, Creek County Sheriff's Office and the Sapulpa Police Department.
In Oklahoma and Cleveland counties:
- Patrols for impaired drivers
-These will be supported by OHP, Oklahoma City Police Department, and the Norman Police Department. These agencies will have extra law enforcement on the roads looking for impaired drivers.
In Western Oklahoma:
- The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will partner with the Clinton Police Department to conduct high-visibility patrols in and around Clinton.
The McCurtain County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will have extra staff on patrol looking for impaired drivers in their area.
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