Law enforcement agencies team up to keep Tulsans safe on NYE

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Reported by: Sara Whaley
Updated: 12/31/2013 11:02 pm Published: 12/31/2013 11:00 pm

FOX23 hit the street with the 2013 New Year's Eve Task Force Tuesday night.

Three local law enforcement agencies teamed up to keep a close eye on Tulsa.

It's not the first time the Tulsa Police Department, ABLE Commission and Oklahoma Highway Patrol have joined forces on New Year's Eve, and Tuesday night more than 30 officers, agents and troopers were at it once again.

They were at Tulsa liquor stores, in the bars, and on streets and highways.

They told FOX23 their major goal was to stop the problem early.

"If we go to bars, and people are already intoxicated and causing problems, we are going to go ahead and take them to jail there," ABLE Lt. Eric Smoot said. "Why wait and give them a chance to get on the roadway and take someone else's life if we can deal with the problem in advance."

They weren't just checking on partygoers though, they also made sure bartenders followed the law.

Over-serving and serving to minors are both felonies in Oklahoma.

The task force told FOX23 their hard work has paid off in the past.

"No one's died in Tulsa County, no one's even had an accident in Tulsa County, for the last two years," Lt. Smoot said.

Agents said they also had "Cab Stands" set up at local bars so that people did not have to wait long periods of time when they wanted to leave.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/1/2014 12:55 AM
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Dirty sermon (aka unwashed mass) #8 ^]] It's hard to be impartial when you are reporting somebody else's words.

Mayor Maynot - 1/1/2014 12:50 AM
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Unwashed Mass (aka dirty sermon) ABLE is what is printed on the side of the truck that brings the goodies to the store. Before ABLE dad made home brew. Wooooo hooooo nothing quite like the excitement of a whole case rupturing in the attic during the heat of summer. Those were days. The long dusty ride down the road to Heyburn lake. Placid Easters nestled into the campgrounds of Greenleaf Lake. Gosh they pulled some monster catfish out of there.

Mayor Maynot - 1/1/2014 12:38 AM
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Happy New Year Tulsa. A prosperous and peaceful New Year to all.

Unwashed Mass - 12/31/2013 11:40 PM
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ABLE is a blight on Oklahoma, a relic from another time that just sucks up tax money to put on this theater. At least the reporters could have the decency to pretend they are impartial.
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