NPD to Hold DUI Enforcement on St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Date of Press Release: 
Wed, 03/14/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department will conduct a DUI enforcement campaign this weekend as people come together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a checkpoint and saturation patrols in various parts of the city.

Sadly, this festive time can be a dangerous and deadly time for Oklahoma’s roads, as many impaired drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating. Over St. Patrick’s Day weekend in 2016, nine people were killed and 499 people were injured in motor vehicle crashes statewide, three of those fatalities and 63 of the people injured were involved in a collision with an impaired driver.

For this reason, the Norman Police Department will make a concentrated effort to identify impaired drivers with a high-visibility responsible driving enforcement project this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The goal is to discourage people who have been drinking from getting behind the wheel, while also addressing those who do make the poor decision to drive while impaired. These efforts will continue to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the City of Norman.

If you are going to consume alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. Even if you have only one alcoholic beverage, call a taxi, use public transportation, or phone a sober friend or family member to get home safely. If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact the Norman Police Department at 405-321-1444.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. Norman police will show zero tolerance for impaired driving.

This enforcement campaign is done in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, and ENDUI Oklahoma.