The ENDUI Prevention teams are continuing their proactive search for impaired drivers and will be conducting a DUI checkpoint near the intersection of NE 10th Street and Douglas Boulevard. The checkpoint will coincide with regular patrols aimed at impaired drivers and several local and county law enforcement agencies will be taking part.
Impaired driving is one of Oklahoma’s deadliest crimes. In 2013, 189 people died on Oklahoma=s roadways in crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
The deadly risks and costly consequences of driving while impaired are far too serious. With increased enforcement efforts, well trained law enforcement officers will have zero tolerance for driving while intoxicated. The goal is to have a highly visible ENDUI program that will discourage people who have been drinking or using impairing substances from getting behind the wheel, and to address those who do make a poor decision to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Driving impaired or riding with someone impaired is not worth the risk. The consequences are serious. Not only are lives at stake, but also the trauma and financial costs incurred from a crash or arrest for driving while impaired can be significant. Violators face jail time, the loss or suspension of driver licenses, increased insurance rates, and dozens of other fees.
The ENDUI Prevention teams want all of the citizens of the State of Oklahoma to have a safe and enjoyable spring and summer. If you are planning to drink, designate a non-drinking driver, call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a friend or family member. Remember to read medication warning labels and never drive after taking a medication or substance that can cause impairment. Together, we can ENDUI.