TULSA, Okla. - Quick Facts:
- 101 people have died in Tulsa County DUI wrecks over the last 4 years.
- FOX23's Sharon Phillips talked with one victim's family about the guilt he carries with him.
On average, 28 people die every day in America in car crashes that involve drunk drivers.
In Tulsa County alone, 101 have died in the past four years.
FOX23’s Sharon Phillips talked with the family of one DUI victim. However, this story is a little different because the father actually bought the alcohol for his underage son and was in the truck when the accident happened.
In May 2010, David Deere, his son Derrick and Derrick’s friend and girlfriend left a party in a truck. Derrick was in the passenger’s seat when his best friend lost control of the truck.
They veered off the road and crashed into several objects before rolling the truck on its side.
Derrick was thrown partially out the window.
“I have to admit that I was the one who purchased the beer. I was celebrating with my son, thinking it would be okay,” David Deere said.
He admitted he made bad choices in his past, but that night changed his life forever.
“Unfortunately, I battled alcoholism in my life and I overcame it,” Deere said.
As police officers gear up for DUI checkpoints in Tulsa this weekend, Deere wants everyone to know his story so it might prevent even one person from dying.
“I just want to get the word out there that it affects everybody,” Deere said.
The ABLE Commission said it's identified several areas where DUIs are a problem, including Pine and Harvard, downtown, and near 8th and Sheridan.
The DUI checkpoint this weekend is on North Peoria near downtown starting Saturday night.
The reason the ABLE Commission has to tell people where the checkpoints are going to be is because it will stop people without probable cause and by law it has to let them know.
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