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NORMAN, Okla. – A local police department is working to keep Oklahoma drivers safe by reminding them of the dangers of impaired driving and underage drinking.

The Oklahoma Department of Public Safety Highway Safety Office reports that in 2012, 37.7% of all the fatal crashes in Oklahoma involved alcohol.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that during 2011, 25% of youth aged 12 to 20 years drank alcohol and 16% reported binge drinking.

The risks and consequences of this type of behavior are serious; therefore, Norman Police Department works to conduct several specialized patrols to discourage drunk driving and underage drinking.

With the arrival of summer and end of the school year nearing, the Norman Police Department encourages the citizens of Norman to make intelligent decisions if you drink and to also discourage drinking by anyone underage.

If you are planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys.

If impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit, or call a friend or family member.

If you drink and drive, not only do you risk your life and the lives of others, but the trauma and financial costs associated with an alcohol-related crash or arrest can be significant.

Violators face jail time, the loss of their driver’s license, increased insurance rates and other costs.