Extra OHP troopers on the roads for New Year's Eve

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

CARTER COUNTY, OK - This New Year's Eve you might see more troopers than usual on the roads.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F will have more than 15 extra troopers patrolling for one reason.

"To look for intoxicated drivers or what we refer to as impaired drivers," said OHP Captain Ronnie Hampton, who said these troopers will take to the roads in all 7 counties Troop F covers, including Carter, starting at 8 o'clock..

"When we're in DUI patrol mode we just make a lot of traffic stops for little bitty small violations in hopes that we find the intoxicated driver," Hampton said.

An effort many drivers appreciate.

"I really believe they need to crack down on drinking and driving because it's not good, and it's not good for somebody else that's out there probably sober trying to get where they're going and then somebody messes up and they end up getting hit," said driver Sharold Pickens.

"I appreciate what they're doing," said Erik Tucker, another driver. "Keep some drunk drivers off the road."

Drivers who find themselves needing a safe ride home can call AAA. Members and non-members alike can call 800-222-4357 until 4 a.m. Wednesday for a free ride home for the driver, their car and one other person.

"To make sure both get home safely and make the roads safer for both them and for those of us who share the road with them," said AAA Oklahoma spokesman Chuck Mai.

For OHP safety is also the bottom line.

"There's no reason to be out on the roads tonight if you feel you've had too much to drink," said Hampton.

Extra troopers will be out until the holiday traffic lightens up.


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