The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is teaming up with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, Tahlequah Police Department, Cherokee Nation Marshals Service, and the Grand River Damn Authority Police to make sure everyone goes home safe this weekend.
These agencies will set up a sobriety checkpoint on Saturday, June 30 from 5 PM until 7 PM. There will also be high-visibility patrols in the area during this time and throughout the weekend.
“We’re not out to keep people from having fun,” said Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault. “We’re just trying to make sure that everyone is staying safe and protect those who are having fun.”
According to data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, there were 19 fatal or injury crashes in Cherokee County in 2016. This is a slight decrease from 2015 when there were 21 fatal or injury crashes in the county.
Also happening during this time is “Operation Dry Water”, a nationwide enforcement event focused on impaired boating and driving. Troopers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s Marine Enforcement Division will also be out on area lakes looking for impaired boaters.
Everyone is encouraged to find a safe ride by calling a sober driver, using a cab, Uber, Lyft or any other ride-share service.
The ENDUI enforcement team coordinates multi-jurisdictional events on a regular basis, including sobriety checkpoints and saturation patrols. These efforts are needed to impact Oklahoma’s impaired driving problem across the state. The locations of these activities are driven by data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and by local request.