Xin Xin Liu, News 9.com
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma City law enforcement agencies are participating in the National "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" mobilization to crack down drunk driving in the metro area.
This event will take place from August 19 to September 5. Officers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers 24-7 through the Labor Day holiday weekend.
Last Thursday, Representatives from metro-area law enforcement agencies and other local businesses and community groups gathered to kick off the mobilization, which features the "Stop the Knock" message.
"Knocking on someone's door and telling them that a family member has died in a DUI crash is one of the hardest parts of a law enforcement officer's job," said Sgt. Dale Lewis of the University of Oklahoma Police Department, co-organizer of the event and MATSC chairman. "Drunk driving is a crime, not an accident, and by cracking down on impaired drivers, we're saving lives."
Authorities say in Oklahoma in 2010, 6,549 drivers were involved in alcohol-related crashes. These crashes resulted in 245 fatalities.
"This event is a symbol of the unified effort across the U.S. to cut down on impaired driving crashes," said Alice Collinsworth, communications manager at the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. "Our united message is ‘DON'T DRINK AND DRIVE.' If you choose otherwise, law enforcement will be watching, and you will be arrested."
Norman Police Department announced on Sunday that they will be participating in the campaign as well.
The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" message was created in 2011 by the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration.
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