NPD to Hold Impaired Driving Enforcement This Holiday Season

Date of Press Release: 
Fri, 12/21/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department will conduct a DUI enforcement campaign over the next two holiday weekends with a DUI checkpoint and saturation patrols in various parts of the city.

The holidays are a special time in America, full of excitement and endless festivities. Oftentimes, these celebrations bring higher numbers of impaired drivers to the roads, endangering those drivers and others. Drunk driving can have deadly, devastating consequences. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in 2017, 10,874 people were killed in drunk-driving crashes, equating to one person killed every 48 minutes. 

In 2016, 14 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes on Oklahoma roads during the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. Six of those individuals were killed in collisions with an impaired driver.

Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, the Norman Police Department will make a concentrated effort to identify impaired drivers. The goal is to have a highly visible program that will discourage people who have been drinking from getting behind the wheel, while also addressing those who do make the poor decision to drive while intoxicated. These efforts will continue to maintain and enhance the quality of life in the City of Norman.

If you are planning to celebrate Christmas or ring in 2019 with an alcoholic beverage, designate a sober driver before you start the party. Even if you have only one alcoholic beverage, utilize a ride service, 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 Norman police at 405-321-1444.

Remember, it is never safe to drink and drive. Norman police will be looking for drunk and drug-impaired drivers. Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.

This enforcement campaign is funded in part by a grant through the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, and is done in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol and ENDUI Oklahoma.