ENDUI Prevention teams are continuing to pursue a proactive search for impaired drivers and plan ta DUI checkpoint New Year’s Eve at 1806 York St. The checkpoint will coincide with regular patrols by local and county law enforcement agencies.

Impaired driving reportedly is one of Oklahoma’s deadliest crimes. In 2013, 189 people died on Oklahoma’s roadways in crashes that involved a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.08 percent or higher. The goal of the highly visible ENDUI program is to discourage people who have been drinking or using impairing substances from driving.

Program sponsors say the risks are not worth driving while impaired or riding with someone who is, and the consequences are serious. Not only are lives at stake, but also the trauma and financial costs incurred from a crash or arrest for driving while impaired can be significant — violators face jail time, the loss or suspension of a driver’s license, increased insurance rates, and dozens of other fees.

Members of ENDUI Prevention teams encourage everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday by designating a non-drinking driver, calling a taxi, using mass transit, or calling a friend or family member after drinking. Motorists also are encouraged to read medication warning labels and never drive after taking a medication or substance that can cause impairment. 

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