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December 17, 2013

Drunk driving highly discouraged

NORMAN — With Oklahoma roadways expected to be busy during the upcoming Christmas and New Year’s holidays, troopers are urging drivers to take extra precautions to keep themselves and their passengers safe.

Motorists are reminded to devote full time and attention to the operation of their vehicles. Travelers are encouraged to practice defensive driving and remember that it is illegal to drink and drive.

If necessary, make arrangements for a designated driver, call a cab or stay home. The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a “zero tolerance” policy on drinking and driving.

“We are passionate and committed to the safety of Oklahomans and those traveling our roadways. We want to wish all a joyous and safe holiday as we do our part to make this a safe traveling holiday season,” said Chief of Patrol Col. Ricky Adams.

The Highway Patrol and other law enforcement agencies will be out in full force across the state cracking down on drunk drivers, aggressive speed, child restraints and seat belt enforcement.

As of Friday, there have been 621 traffic deaths, compared to 708 deaths for 2012.

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