Summer Awareness of Oklahoma DUI Laws

Summer is just around the corner, and Oklahoma DUI lawyers know that means an increase in DUI sobriety checkpoints associated with summer holidays as well as a surge in charges of boating under the influence.

A sobriety checkpoint in Midwest City last week serves as a reminder of the DUI checkpoints that will likely be associated with the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and, later this summer, the Fourth of July celebrations. 

Nine people were arrested as a result of the Midwest City sobriety checkpoint, which ran from 10:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, through 3:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 22.   Five of those arrested were for DUI complaints, including one man who made an illegal U-turn to avoid the DUI roadblock, crashed into a fence, and then ran from authorities before being apprehended.

In addition to the nine arrests, police issued 36 tickets and 53 warnings. As the summer holidays approach, it is important to remember that you should not drive after consuming alcohol.  DUI lawyers in Oklahoma City and throughout the state know that it can take a surprisingly small amount of alcohol to render a driver over the limit. 

If you plan on drinking at a backyard barbecue, a holiday celebration, around the pool, or at the lake, be sure you have a designated driver or the phone number of local taxi companies.  If you drink and drive, you could find yourself at a DUI sobriety checkpoint or behind bars.

One other important summer reminder concerns Oklahoma boating DUI laws.  Earlier this month, Governor Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 324 into law.  SB 324 lowers the legal limit for boating under the influence (BUI) to 0.08, matching the legal limit for Oklahoma DUI on roadways. 

Previously, the legal limit for boating DUI was a blood alcohol concentration of 0.10.  SB 324 was authored by Sen. Bill Brown, R-Broken Arrow, after a fatal alcohol-involved boating accident on Lake Eufaula last Labor Day weekend. Our Oklahoma City DUI defense team  encourages you to have a fun and safe summer.