While motorists are driving, law enforcement officers will be watching them.
“Thanksgiving is a busy travel holiday period and we want everyone to make it to their destination safely,” said Edmond Police Officer James Hamm. “As we do every day of the year, our officers will be out enforcing traffic laws, looking for impaired drivers and keeping our roads safe for those traveling to their holiday destinations.”
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is urging motorists to take extra precautions to keep drivers and passengers safe.
“While you’re making those important holiday plans, take a little time to make smart choices about your travel, too,” said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Capt. Garrett Vowell, impaired driving enforcement coordinator.
Vowell said anyone who attends a gathering where alcohol is served should plan ahead to designate a non-drinking driver. “If you’ve been drinking, don’t get behind the wheel, period,” he said. He urges drivers to be aware of the side effects of both prescription and over-the-counter medications.
The OHSO also recommends putting away the cell phone and electronic equipment while driving and getting plenty of sleep before driving.
If you see an impaired driver on the road, contact local law enforcement or dial *55 from any cell phone to alert the OHP, Vowell said. During the 2012 Thanksgiving period, 12 people died and 391 were injured in Oklahoma traffic crashes. Four fatalities and 44 injuries resulted from alcohol-related crashes.
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