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Don’t let drinking and driving take away your freedom this 4th of July

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OKLAHOMA — There were 103 vehicle collisions involving a driver who was driving under the influence on July 4, 2014. Those crashes injured 30 people and killed 5.

Don’t let that be part of your story this Independence Day.

If you’re planning on drinking this holiday weekend,

  • Plan transportation before you go anywhere alcohol will be served.
  • Host events at home, or stay overnight where the event is being hosted.
  • Keep cab or public transportation telephone numbers readily available.
  • Download NHTSA’s SaferRide App (available for both Apple and Android devices).

Even if you aren’t planning on drinking, stay alert and make safety a priority for those around you. You never know when a small gesture could save a life.

If you suspect someone has had too much to drink,

  • Tell the person they have had too much to drink and need to find an alternative way to get home.
  • If you don’t know the person well, speak to their friends and ask them to intervene.
  • If you went somewhere with this person, do not leave with them. Insist that you will call someone else for a ride, take a cab or walk.
  • If necessary, take the keys away and find a safe ride home or a safe place for this person to stay.
  • If you see a driver you suspect is under the influence call *55 or 911 to report it.

Local, county and state law enforcement agencies will be conducting sobriety checkpoints across the state in an effort to keep impaired drivers from injuring or killing innocent motorists.

“Since establishing these enforcement teams late last year, law enforcement agencies throughout the state have demonstrated their commitment to ENDUI in Oklahoma,” said Col. Rick Adams, chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.  “They’ll be out again during the Independence Day holiday period to continue their efforts.”

Click here for more information on how you can help ENDUI.


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