OHP to have high-visibility patrols in Durant, Calera, Kingston, Madill

OHP Release

The Fourth of July is celebrated by friends and families nationwide. It’s a time for Americans to fire up the barbecue, hoist the flag, and grab a seat for that spectacular fireworks display. But before you head out for the celebrations, make sure you plan for a sober way home.

During the 2017 Independence Day holiday, there were 694 crashes in Oklahoma. Of those, 11 people were killed. More than half of those killed were involved in alcohol/drug-related crashes.

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is teaming up with law enforcement around the state to help get you home safe this fourth of July.

In Bryan County, the sheriff’s office will join the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Calera Police Department, and Durant Police Department for high-visibility patrols throughout the county on July 5.

On July 6, the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Madill Police Department, Kingston Police Department, and the Oklahoma Highway Patrol will be out doing high-visibility patrols in the evening and early-morning hours.

In support of law enforcement’s dedication to protecting the lives of residents in their communities, you’ll see increased enforcement on the roads with zero tolerance for those who drive impaired.

There is absolutely no reason for impaired driving collisions to happen. If you are drinking, have a plan to get home safe.

To help people make the decision to get home safe, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the ENDUI program are giving out $10 Uber coupons. To get a coupon, riders must visit this website and fill out the request form. The codes will be sent out on the morning of July 4 and can be used through 6 a.m. on July 7.

Everyone is highly encouraged to find a safe ride by calling a sober driver, using a cab, Uber, Lyft or any other ride-share service. Better yet, have a designated driver. Have fun and enjoy life, but do not, under any circumstances, drive while impaired by alcohol or any other substance. The cost is too high. Let’s ENDUI.


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