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4th of July holiday traffic to be the focus for State police; Here’s what you should know

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The Fourth of July is a favorite holiday for many Americans.

Families and friends gather to celebrate our country with food, parades, parties, and fireworks.

For many people, the celebration includes alcohol, but the holiday quickly goes from festive to fatal when people choose to drive after drinking.

Over the July 4th holiday period in 2012 alone, 78 people were killed in alcohol impaired-driving crashes on our nation’s roads, according to Chickasha Police.

To crack down on drunk driving this Fourth of July, law enforcement will be out in full force, aggressively targeting those who put lives in danger.

“Chickasha PD is ramping up their enforcement to make our roads safer this Fourth of July including conducting safety checkpoints to get impaired drivers off the streets,” said Chickasha Police Chief Eddie Adamson.

“For everyone’s sake, don’t drink and drive or you will be arrested,” added Grady County Sheriff Jim Weir. “The ‘Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over’ campaign means zero tolerance for drunk driving—no excuses and we are going to be working with other law enforcement agencies to do everything we can to help keep people safe this holiday season”.

Data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) show that 10,322 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes in the United States in 2012—representing a third of all crash fatalities.