The Edmond Sun

April 18, 2013

OCSO to conduct sobriety checkpoint, saturation patrols

Mark Schlachtenhaufen
The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — Oklahoma County Sheriff's Office deputies will conduct a sobriety checkpoint and have additional DUI patrols this weekend in Oklahoma County.

Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said as with all DUI's the agency will maintain a zero tolerance policy and violators will go to jail. The OCSO’s jurisdiction includes the Deer Creek area.

The DUI checkpoint and patrols enforcement effort is part of the OCSO's participation in the “More Cops, More Stops” event across the state targeting people who violate traffic laws.  

"It's simple, don't drink and drive,” Whetsel said. "We are very active at removing dangerous DUI drivers from our roads, their actions often result in the death of innocent bystanders, and that is not acceptable."

The OCSO and several state law enforcement agencies will be working together to turn up the heat on people who violate traffic safety laws. The “More Cops, More Stops” campaign runs from April 19th-28th in an attempt to save lives on Oklahoma roadways.

Whetsel cited 2011 statistics related to traffic deaths in Oklahoma:

• 500 people died in traffic crashes;

• 59 percent of those who died were not wearing seatbelts;

• 31 percent of highway fatalities occurred in a speeding related crash;

• 32 percent of fatalities involved a drunk driver;

• 69 percent of young adults (18-34) killed in crashes were not wearing seat belts;

• 40 percent of young adults killed were involved in speeding related crashes; and

• 44 percent of young adults died in a crash that involved a drunk driver.

Whetsel said the deaths are unacceptable and preventable. The “More Cops, More Stops” campaign will seek to reduce fatalities and injuries on Oklahoma roadways, he said,

"We will be out in force, with more cops, making more stops, so put safety first,” Whetsel said. “Buckle up, slow down, and never drink and drive." | 341-2121, ext. 108