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Police Will Be Out In Record Numbers To Stop Drunk Driving

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TEXOMA -- Thousands of people die in alcohol related road accidents every year in the U.S. and law enforcement agencies across Oklahoma are teaming up to bring that number down.

"Drunk driving is one of Americas deadliest crimes and it is also one of the most preventative. It all involves a decision not to drink and then operate a vehicle," says Joe Clark, Captain of the Durant Police Department.

Clark along with officers around Texoma want you to make the right decision. The "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" campaign kicks off August 17th through September 3rd. Officers will be out in record numbers to enforce the law on area roadways.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OSHS) in 2010, 10,228 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes involving drivers with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher. A staggering statistic that has law enforcement concerned about drunk drivers and the safety of others on the road.

"It is not just a crackdown on the alcohol impaired driving, it is an awareness for everyone to look for the drunk drivers and to be aware of what's around them," says Justin Hysmith program manager of OSHS.

"Our message during this crackdown is the same as all year long .. Do Not Drink and Drive," says Clark.   

There is no doubt many people are getting the message drunk driving is dangerous.

"People are more aware cause its in their face per say, they get relatives they get friends that are involved in drunk driving accidents, they get pulled over and thrown in jail for DUI. It is nothing but a testimony from a guy that has been pulled over and taken to jail to tell someone not to drink and drive," says Hysmith.

Despite the dangers being well known, police officers have to work hard every day to make the roads safe.

"Until we can get 100% compliance on this we are not going to stop," says Clark.