Tulsa County-Wide Effort Leads To 29 DUI Arrests

Sunday, August 23rd 2009, 2:12 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA COUNTY, OK -- Eleven Tulsa County law enforcement agencies utilized about 60 officers to make an impact on driving under the influence of alcohol Saturday night. The "Drunk Driving: Over The Limit, Under Arrest" campaign netted 29 DUI arrests, according to Officer Craig Murray, Traffic Safety Coordinator with the Tulsa Police Department.

"Unfortunately, we had good results," Murray said Sunday. "We definitely needed to do what we did."

In addition to the 29 arrests for driving under the influence, the officers:

  • Made three impaired while driving arrests
  • Had 23 other arrests as a results of the stops (outstanding warrants, open containers, suspended licenses, etc.)
  • Wrote 116 speeding tickets
  • Wrote three seat belt tickets, and one child restraint ticket
  • Wrote 358 other citations

Related Article 8/22/2009: Increased Patrols Planned In Oklahoma For Labor Day Weekend

The Tulsa County officers were taking part in a nation-wide effort by law enforcement and highway safety agencies to make an impact on the incidences of drunk driving as the country nears Labor Day weekend.

"We officially went from about 8 p.m. to 3 or 3:30 a.m.," Murray said. "It shows that we're all in this together."

The crackdown on impaired driving continues through September 7.

Drunk Driving: Over The Limit, Under Arrest offers the following tips for a safe Labor Day weekend:

  • Whenever you plan on consuming alcohol, designate a sober driver before going out
    and give that person your keys.
  • If you're impaired, call a taxi, use mass transit or call a sober friend or family member
    to get you home safely.
  • Promptly report drunk drivers you see on the roadways to law enforcement.
  • Wearing your safety belt while in a car or using a helmet and protective gear when on
    a motorcycle is your best defense against an impaired driver.
  • And remember, Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Drunk. If you know someone who is
    about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make other
    arrangements to get to where they are going safely.