A sobriety checkpoint on Dec. 29 resulted in more arrests for driving under the influence of drugs than alcohol, according to Oklahoma State Highway Patrol Trooper, Nathaniel Mackey.
Mackey is an Impaired Driving Liaison with the Highway State Office. The checkpoint was announced to the public prior to the event. The saturation patrol took place in Tuttle as well as other areas in Grady County.
Mackey said there were six DUI arrests, five at the checkpoint in Tuttle and one in Chickasha. The arrest in Chickasha was for driving under the influence of drugs, Mackey said.
"Driving under the influence of drugs is becoming a huge problem in Oklahoma," Mackey said.
Many of the drug-related arrests were drivers under the influence of marijuana, methamphetamine and prescription medication, he said.
"If you are prescribed medications such as narcotics or antidepressants, be sure to read the drug labels and never mix these medications with alcohol as this will amplify the prescription and alcohols effects."
In addition to DUI arrests, the checkpoint also gave citations for failure to wear a seatbelt, driving without a license or under suspension, speeding and other miscellaneous violations, Mackey said.
The ENDUI checkpoint was conducted as part of the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office's ENDUI campaign. Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Tuttle Police Department, the Grady County Sheriff's Office and the Chickasaw Nation Lighthorse Police Department participated int he checkpoint on Dec. 29, according to an ENDUI release.
Mackey said the checkpoint was announced prior to the event in order to raise awareness, deter those who might consider driving under the influence and to address those who made the decision to drive while impaired.