The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) will conduct a sobriety checkpoint July 31 in Oklahoma County from 11 p.m.-3 a.m. The sobriety checkpoint will focus on people who are driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
Deputies will stop vehicles passing through the checkpoint and ask for driver licenses. The exact location of the checkpoint is not being released. Any driver suspected of operating a vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol will be directed to a safe area off the roadway for further observation and possible testing for intoxication
The maximum penalty in Oklahoma for a first time DUI conviction is 1 year in jail, a $1,000 fine, and 6 months revocation of drivers’ license.
Results from the August 31, 2009 sobriety checkpoint.
OCSO SOBRIETY CHECKPOINT RESULTS
(Del City) On July 31, 2009 the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office with assistance from Del City Police conducted a sobriety checkpoint at S.E. 44th and S. Bryant. The results of the checkpoint follow:
-12 total arrests:
*5-driving under the influence arrests.
*2-driving under suspension arrests.
-51 citations were written for various traffic violations.
-28 warnings were written for various traffic violations.
-4 vehicles were impounded.
CHECKPOINT VEHICLE COUNT
-A total of 438 vehicles were counted driven through the checkpoint.
This was Reported by Check Points on July 22, 2009
Oklahoma State Rep. Harold Wright believes DUI laws need to get tough to cut down on drunken driving deaths. The Republican lawmakers from Weatherford, Okla. wants zero tolerance laws for DUI.
People enjoying glass of wine at dinner or a bottle of beer after work could wind up in jail.
Oklahoma DUI laws currently have the legal blood alcohol limit for driving at .08%. Police also have the right to detain a driver suspected of DUI, no matter what the blood alcohol level.
The proposed legislation will be studied and discussed this fall.
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