Troopers enforcing “Zero Tolerance” policy for drinking and driving during holiday season

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OKLAHOMA – Oklahoma roadways are expected to be busy during the upcoming Christmas and New Years holiday.

Troopers are urging drivers to take extra precautions to keep themselves and their passengers safe.

It’s very easy to become distracted while driving.

Motorists are reminded to devote full time and attention to the operation of their vehicles.

Travelers are encouraged to practice defensive driving, and reminded that it is illegal to drink and drive. If you plan to bring in the New Year with alcohol, make arrangements for a designated driver, call a cab or just stay home.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a “ZERO TOLERANCE”  policy on drinking and driving.

Colonel Ricky Adams, Chief of Patrol said, “We are passionate and committed to the safety of Oklahomans and those traveling our roadways. We want to wish all a joyous and safe holiday as we do our part to make this a safe traveling holiday season.” The Highway Patrol and other law enforcement will be out in full force across the state cracking down on drunk drivers, aggressive speed, child restraints and seat belt enforcement.

“We want the public to be safe when operating a motor vehicle as we continue to cut down on the number of fatality accidents we have each year”, stated Adams.   As of December  13th, 2013 there have been 621 traffic deaths compared to 708 deaths for the year in 2012.