New Year's Eve travel

By: Jalah Gray Email
By: Jalah Gray Email

TEXOMA - New Year's Eve is just a few days away and if you're planning on hitting the roads in Oklahoma or Texas, State Troopers have a message for you.

Troopers say it's the one of the busiest nights of the year on the highways, and unfortunately, one of the most dangerous.

"Last New Year's Eve I worked a fatality crash, alcohol was involved in that one also, so you don't get any worse than that."

Trooper, Michael Green, says one drunk driving fatality is one too many, so if you drink and get behind the wheel this New Years Eve, they'll be looking for you.

"That's what we're looking for, is to get the people who are drinking, so if you are going to be drinking, stay at home, stay at a buddy's house, get a hotel room, stay off the roadway." Green said.

Green says no trooper will have the night off. They'll all be out in full force, looking for any signs of unsafe driving.

"We're gonna have a lot more troopers on the road, we do step up effort on New Year's Eve, it is a very busy holiday, even though we don't like to see it, there is a whole lot of drinking and driving." said Green.

The OHP says, so far this year, they've had 28 fatal car accidents statewide, and unfortunately they know that number may increase on New Year's Eve night.

"People out there are going to be drinking, we know it's gonna happen, so be careful, if you don't have to drive, don't." Green said.

Most people traveling through Oklahoma say they will avoid driving on New Year's Eve.

"Too many drunk drivers, too many accidents." said Kathy Stutesman.

"We're gonna sit home and play some board games, and watch the ball drop on TV." Chris Enos said.

"Generally we try to stay off the roads New Years eve, my father was in law enforcement for several years, and it's just not a good time to be on the road if you can keep from it." said Terry German.

The Texas DPS says they'll also be stepping up efforts for the holiday weekend. Troopers also warn to keep an eye out for weather changes, because bad road conditions can only add to the danger of New Year's Eve travel.

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