Oklahoma Highway Patrol told Channel 8 Friday it is planning to concentrate DUI saturation patrols around the Fourth of July holiday to cover a wider area. From June 29th through July 8th, there will be about ten more officers per shift on the roads. OHP will not be conducting sobriety check points.
"The 4th is probably one of the major ones for drinking because it is so hot," said Troop B Commander Jerry Reagan. That means troopers will concentrate on DUI and alcohol-related offenses. They are adopting a "no tolerance" policy, which encompasses seat belt violations and inattentive driving.
Officers will be patrolling I-244 and I-44 between US Highway 169, I-44 East to Creek Turnpike, US Highway 75 North to Washington County line, and US 412 West to Keystone Lake.
21-year-old Logann Peterson lost her 45-year-old cousin to a drunk driver two months ago. She told Channel 8 she hopes Oklahoma drivers think twice before driving impaired.
"You don't want to hurt a family like that," Peterson said.
AAA told Channel 8 it will be running its annual "Tipsy Tow" program, offering free tows home between 6 p.m. July 3rd and 2 a.m. July 5th in the Tulsa area. Tow trucks will give anyone, including non-members, a ride home within a 15 mile radius. For a ride, call 1-800-AAA-HELP.