Tulsa police crackdown on drunk driving in East Tulsa


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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 11/30/2013 10:16 pm Published: 11/30/2013 9:05 pm


Countless accidents and lives have been taken from drunken driving accidents and Tulsa police are tired of seeing it, particularly in one area of town.

FOX23 told you earlier this week how TPD is working to clean up what they call the hotel triangle at 31st and Memorial.

Saturday night, they are taking another step in that direction with a DUI checkpoint at the intersection of concern.

FOX23 went to the DUI checkpoint to check out the joint effort between multiple law enforcement agencies.

We spoke with Tulsa Police Department's Capt. Helberg.
 
One area in east Tulsa is prone to more accidents involving alcohol.

"They kind of filter toward this single location in town," Helberg told FOX23.
It's a hub for late night trouble.

"We're trying to make sure no one gets hurt."

And multiple law enforcement agencies are working hard to end the issue.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Tulsa Police and the Tulsa Sheriff's Department are joining forces for the alcohol enforcement campaign, More Cops, More Stops.

When the bars close, police tell FOX23 the crowds flock to 31st and Memorial.

We dug into why.

When you drive down 31st and Memorial you will see from the sign at the McDonald's, it's open 24 hours a day and so is the IHOP next door.

"For some reason with the party crowd these locations have been designated as the after-hours go to place."

Helberg tells me on average they are called to the area up to 15 times a day and a lot of the time alcohol is to blame in some way.

That's why multiple law enforcement agencies are teaming up to show zero tolerance for drunk drivers.

"My guess is we will make quite a few arrests," Helberg said.

Nearly 75 officers, deputies, and troopers will be on the lookout tonight.

Not only at the deadly intersection, but in the entire area.

"If we see a vehicle suddenly turn around and go the other direction, that's a cue to us that person is avoiding us for some reason. We will probably take a pretty aggressive look at that," Helberg said.

"There's no reason for somebody to get hurt over something so stupid," Helberg continued.

Law enforcement isn't being shy about where or when they'd be doing this checkpoint.

That's how serious authorities are about fixing the problem.

They told me to announce it so drunk drivers would stay away.

By the way, if you are stopped and arrested, Helberg said it could be costly.

He said he's seen people charged with a DUI pay up to $10,000, after it's all said and done.



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Unwashed Mass - 12/1/2013 12:23 PM
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..and while this was going on, a man was robbed an shot at the gas pumps at QT just down the road.

Unwashed Mass - 11/30/2013 11:53 PM
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One of the businesses there must have gotten on the wrong side of someone at TPD, because the pressure they are putting on that area isnt supported by crime numbers. Its more politics than "protection"
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