The holidays are known for fun times with family and friends as people celebrate and ring in a new year. However, it is also a time when car accidents increase, and many of those accidents are alcohol-related. Ponca City readers might have been aware that the Oklahoma Highway Patrol cracked down on catching drunk drivers during the holidays.
In conjunction with several other agencies, the OHP arrested 13 drunk drivers. They also arrested another person on drug charges and handed out 136 citations and warnings. The operation took place on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.
The goal of the crackdown was to prevent as many accidents at the hands of drunk drivers as possible. But even with these efforts, there were still several car accidents that involved impaired drivers. One accident involved a car that slammed into a utility pole and snapped the pole in half. Several people were without power.
Drunk driving is a dangerous practice that can result in injures and death. Preventing these accidents is something that law enforcement takes seriously. It is also something drivers should consider before they get behind the wheel. For those who have imbibed, it could be a better option to find an alternate way to get to their next destination, such as calling a friend or a cab. For other drivers, being aware of drivers around them can also help prevent accidents.
Anyone who is victimized by a drunk driver can seek compensation for material losses, medical expenses and other damages. A legal professional experienced in handling these kinds of cases can help anyone who is considering seeking damages after an accident.
Source: KJRH, "Special New Year's Eve DUI Crackdown results in more than a dozen arrests" Patricia Santos, Jan. 01, 2014