Tulsa authorities increasing patrols for New Year's

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Updated: 12/31/2012 9:16 am Published: 12/31/2012 8:36 am

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tulsa Police and undercover officers with Tulsa’s ABLE commission will be increasing patrols New Year’s Eve. Their mission is to keep drunk drivers off the streets.

OHP said there will not be sobriety check points, instead patrols will saturate the city. Authorities will focus on areas were they have been successful at pulling over drunk drivers in the past.

They will be looking for even the smallest sign someone may be drunk and behind the wheel, for instance, if someone isn’t wearing their seat belt. The patrols will begin at 6 pm New Year’s Eve and be in enforcement until 3 a.m. Tuesday.

Besides being out on the streets, agents with the Alcohol Beverage Law Enforcement commission will be undercover in bars and clubs looking for under-age drinking and bartenders over-serving customers.

You can use AAA Tipsy Tow service if you think you are too drunk to drive. The number is 1-800-AAA-HELP (1-800-222-4357). AAA will tow your car, free, up to 15 miles to your home. The service is offered in Bartlesville, Muskogee and Tahlequah. 

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Mayor Maynot - 12/31/2012 4:41 PM
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I went to a bar in an Carolina once. I went there to buy a van. The headliner was a blind man that played three organs at once ! One of the patrons bought me a beer halfway through the show.I left the bar at 11:30pm Anyway a black cop stopped me and issued me a field sobriety test holding his black pen in front if his black face in the dark night he said remove my glasses !! After I removed them he moved the pen in front of his face and exclaimed that I was having trouble following the pen. I told him that I was virtually blind without my glasses. He let me go!!

aleman - 12/31/2012 12:57 PM
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I knew an old drunk years ago,he said this was amateur night and would be in bed by 8pm sober as a judge every other night he would be in the bar,,a family member about 20 years went to eat at a local restaraunt had one beer,ate a large meal,sat talking for one hour with friends 30 minutes later was stopped given a breathalyzer and failed!

Unwashed Mass - 12/31/2012 11:59 AM
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Who remembers when Channel 2 did their own "sobriety checkpoint" at Southern Hills Country Club, and netted a bunch of cops driving home drunk from the FOP Christmas party?

Unwashed Mass - 12/31/2012 11:56 AM
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This is an industry, not a public service. When was the last time one of these netted a serious, chronic drunk driver? The money is in the guy in the wrong place at the wrong time who had one drink, and thinks field sobriety tests are honest.

aleman - 12/31/2012 10:41 AM
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They won't bother the rich leaving the foo foo bars on Peoria and Cherry Street,they get lawyers to get them of thus not generating any revenue

tiredbeingsad - 12/31/2012 9:17 AM
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If its illegal to drink and drive, why do bars have parking lots? (just for laughs) but it does make sense? It could gernerate revenue "road hunter" they could issue tickets and arrests at the exits of bars... but they need you to break the law first by driving on the city streets..that is why we wont see your plan in place. People need to take responsibilty for their actions and plan ahead.. take a cab home.. its really easy. :)

roadhunter - 12/31/2012 8:44 AM
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If they really wanted to stop drunk driving, they'd put the sobriety checkpoints at the exits of bars, then just take the keys of anyone who didn't pass. This method doesn't generate revenue, though, so don't expect it to ever happen.
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