NORMAN — The Norman Police Department is continuing its proactive search for impaired drivers and will conduct DUI checkpoints in the coming months. These checkpoints will coincide with regular saturation patrols already being conducted, with the possibility of other law enforcement agencies becoming involved.
Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes. In 2012, approximately 10,322 people died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher.
The Norman Police Department is making a concentrated effort to identify impaired drivers. The goal is to have a highly visible program that will discourage people who have been drinking from getting behind the wheel.
Violators face jail time, the loss or suspension of their driver’s license, increased insurance rates and dozens of other fees.
The Norman Police Department suggests if residents are planning to drink alcohol with friends, designate a sober driver before going out and give that person your keys. If impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a friend or family member.
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