By Associated Press - Tuesday, December 30, 2014

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers say they’re cracking down on impaired driving over the New Year’s holiday period.

New Year’s Eve is associated with alcohol-related celebrations, and troopers say they’re ready to enforce impaired driving laws with zero tolerance.

Capt. Paul Timmons, a spokesman for the patrol, says troopers are encouraging Oklahomans to be responsible during holiday celebrations. Timmons says those who choose to drink and drive will bear the consequences of stepped-up enforcement.

The New Year’s Eve crackdowns are part of the state’s ENDUI campaign that involves the highway patrol as well as law enforcement officials from across the state. Oklahoma Highway Safety Office officials said Oklahoma was rated 51st in the nation in making improvement related to the number of alcohol-related deaths.

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