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April 26, 2013

Police step up driving safety checks

CHICKASHA — Local law enforcement is clamping down on unsafe driving this weekend as part of the More Cops, More Stops mobilization initiated by the Department of Public Safety.

Check points to monitor for impaired driving will be set up throughout Grady County from 7 p.m. today through 3 a.m. tomorrow morning. Grady County Sheriffs, Chickasha Police, Oklahoma Highway Patrol and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) will cooperate to run the checkpoints. The BIA will also be using their Breath Alcohol Testing (BAT) mobile unit equipped with breathalyzers and tools to determine whether or not a driver is safe on the road.

The BAT is on display for public viewing today at the Grady County Sheriff’s Office on 3rd Street.

More Cops, More Stops is a statewide campaign designed to remind the public to never drink and drive, always buckle up, obey speed limits and avoid distractions. The mobilization is run April 19-28. Oklahoma is the only state other than Tennessee to participate in the campaign.

Of the 500 traffic related deaths to occur in Oklahoma in 2011, 32 percent involved a drunk driver and 59 percent were not wearing seat belts.

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