Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign Kicks Off

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December 11, 2019

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Cody McDonell
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Holiday Drive Sober or Get Pulled
Over Campaign Kicks Off

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) is teaming up with more than 60 law enforcement agencies across the state to make sure everyone has a safe holiday.

The annual enforcement campaign begins on Dec. 13 and runs through Jan. 1, 2020.

Each year, law enforcement from Oklahoma are joined by thousands of personnel from around the nation to participate in this high-visibility enforcement campaign. The goal is simple; keep impaired drivers from killing themselves, and innocent people, on Oklahoma roadways.

Sadly, the statistics prove that we have a lot of work to do to put an end to impaired driving. According to newly released data from the OHSO, 331 people were killed in alcohol and/or drug-related crashes in 2018. That's the equivalent of a fully loaded jetliner crashing with no survivors, all killed by someone's choice to drive under the influence.

While Oklahoma has seen a decrease in the number of people killed in alcohol-related crashes, the number of fatalities reported in drug-related crashes continues to climb.

"These numbers are shocking and they are why it is more important than ever to team up with law enforcement to help solve the problem," said Paul Harris, director of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.