NPD to Hold Impaired Driving Enforcement St. Patrick’s Day Weekend

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 03/14/2019
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

The Norman Police Department will conduct impaired driving enforcement this weekend as people come together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day over a pint of green beer and community festivities with a checkpoint and saturation patrols in various parts of the city.

Tragically, St. Patrick’s Day has become a dangerous holiday on our nation’s roads. According to the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, during the 2017 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, more than one-third of all motor vehicle crash fatalities involved drunk drivers.

For this reason, the Norman Police Department will make a concentrated effort to identify impaired drivers with high-visibility responsible driving enforcement projects this St. Patrick’s Day weekend. The goal is to discourage people who are impaired from getting behind the wheel, while also addressing those who do make the poor decision to drive while impaired.

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 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 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, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, and ENDUI Oklahoma.