By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
Law enforcement officials are warning those who celebrate upcoming holidays with alcohol to do so responsibly, and to use available programs to get home safely.
Enid Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will have enhanced enforcement of DUIs during the holidays.
“We’re going to be out looking for drinking and driving,” Undersheriff Jerry Niles said. “We’re asking everyone to buckle up and drive defensively. If you’re out partying, please use a designated driver.”
Lt. Mark Blodgett said EPD officers will conduct enhanced DUI enforcement through a grant, in addition to offices already on duty.
“Officers of the Enid Police Department will be out both day and night this holiday season, cracking down on impaired drivers,” Blodgett said. “If you’re stopped driving a vehicle while under the influence alcohol, you will go to jail. No exceptions.”
“We’re going to be everywhere,” Niles said, “including county roads, lease roads and anywhere else we can find persons partaking in alcohol and trying to operate motor vehicles.”
Tips for those drinking over this weekend and New Year’s include:
• Plan a safe way home before the festivities begin. Designate a non-drinking driver and give that person your keys.
• If you’re impaired, call a taxi, a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.
• If you happen to see a drunken driver on the road, don’t hesitate to call law enforcement officers.
• If you know someone who is about to drive a vehicle or ride a motorcycle while impaired, take their keys and help make other arrangements to get home safely.
For those needing safe transportation home, there are options available in the area.
Enid Transit will offer rides to partygoers this New Year’s Eve from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Jan. 1.
The free service is available by calling 233-7433 and is for those needing a ride home from a party or club. No rides will be given to other parties.
AAA Oklahoma’s Tipsy Tow program began Dec. 14 and runs until 2 a.m. on Jan. 2. The service is available in Enid, in metro Tulsa and Oklahoma City, as well as Lawton, Shawnee, Bartlesville, Muskogee and Tahlequah.
If you feel unsafe behind the wheel after drinking, AAA will send a tow truck to give you and up to one more person — plus the vehicle — a free ride home within 15 miles of point of pickup. The service is open to AAA members and non-members alike. Call (800) 222-4357 to request a Tipsy Tow.