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(NORMAN, OK) This holiday season, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be on the lookout for impaired drivers as part of the national Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over (ENDUI) Program.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, in Oklahoma in 2015,
170 people died in crashes involving alcohol. Four people lost their lives over the Christmas holiday in alcohol/drug-related crashes.
Sheriff Joe Lester said he wants everyone to celebrate and have a festive time, but he discourages anyone from driving under the influence of alcohol. Anyone planning to drink alcohol needs to have a designated driver to take them home.
Deputies will patrol roads 24 hours a day looking for impaired drivers. If a deputy catches anyone driving under the influence, that person will be arrested and booked into jail.
The decision to get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol comes with serious consequences. Those caught driving impaired can lose their license and face jail time.
Lester said he doesn’t want any of his deputies to have to visit a home and inform the person standing at the door that an innocent person died because another person decided to get behind the wheel after a night of drinking.
“Remember, if you drink, don’t get behind the wheel,” Lester said. “Drinking and driving costs lives.”
Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan Jackson, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. Jackson can be reached at (405) 701-8847.