Oklahoma Law Enforcement Cracks Down on New Year's Eve DUI

Certain holidays seem to bring out revelers, which often leads to an increase in intoxicated driving. Among the most dangerous holidays on Oklahoma roads are the Fourth of July, Memorial Day, and New Year's Eve. Each year, Oklahoma law enforcement agencies team up during these key holidays to try to catch drunk drivers. This New Year's Eve will be no exception, as local and state law enforcement have sobriety checkpoints and DUI saturation patrols planned. In Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Commission, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Oklahoma City Police Department, the Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office, and the Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement (ABLE) Commission are joining forces to try to reduce the number of intoxicated drivers on city streets. According to Oklahoma Highway Patrol State Trooper Betsy Randolph, "We're doing nothing but DUI saturation patrols,which means we may pull you over, just because your headlight is out or we may pull you over for speeding." Anyone who is pulled over on New Year's Eve or the early hours of New Year's Day may be subject to sobriety testing. The best way to prevent a DUI arrest is to refrain from driving after drinking or to designate a sober driver for the evening. In Tulsa, OHP state troopers, the Tulsa Police Department, and the ABLE Commission will fight New Year's Eve DUI with increased patrols and checkpoints from 6:00 p.m. on New Year's Eve through 3:00 a.m. on New Year's Day. In addition, the ABLE Commission will be visiting local restaurants and bars to ensure that drinking establishments are adhering to all alcoholic beverage laws. In the Oklahoma City metro last New Year's Eve, six people were killed in fatal DUI accidents; eight were killed in the metro the previous year. Oklahoma DUI laws describe three specific types of alcoh0l-related driving offenses:

  • DUI or Driving Under the Influence - driving with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or greater or driving while under the influence of drugs
  • DWI or Driving While Impaired - A driver may be arrested with a BAC below 0.08% if he or she demonstrates signs of impairment
  • APC or Actual Physical Control - If a person is intoxicated and in a position to operate a motor vehicle, he or she may be charged even if the car is parked
If you are arrested for DUI, DWI, or APC, it is important to find an Oklahoma DUI defense lawyer as quickly as possible; you have only 15 days to try to save your license. The attorneys with Phillips & Associates encourage you to celebrate the arrival of 2013 safely and responsibly.