AAA Of Oklahoma Prepares For Busy Night Ahead Of Cold, Rainy New Year's Eve

Thursday, December 31st 2020, 1:02 pm

Tow truck drivers are preparing for an especially busy New Year's Eve.

“New Year’s Eve we really don’t know what to expect in Oklahoma this year, but what we do know through this year of a pandemic is that it has not been a positive for traffic safety," said Leslie Gamble.

Gable said they'll have more than 100 drivers out on the roads to help the hundreds of drivers they expect will need assistance.

“With this snow moving in and with this ice predicted we don’t know what we’re going to see in terms of road hazards, but we know that some people must get out," said Gamble.

She said with the possibility of icy conditions and drunk drivers out on the roads AAA is expecting a spike in calls overnight. 

“December is the peak month for impaired driving crashes and last time on this new year’s holiday weekend there were 24 alcohol related crashes in our state," said Gamble. 

She said a recent survey shows 50% of people agree driving under the influence is extremely dangerous. 

“Yet 10% of those people surveyed said they had done it in the last 30 days. So it’s a do as a say not as I do type thing," said Gamble. 

She said Oklahoma drivers have also seen more deadly crashes on the roads this year compared to last year. 

“Even though people were staying at home and working from home there have been 36 more deaths on Oklahoma roads this year than last year. So that is quite surprising and concerning and we just implore everyone to be very safe," said Gamble.