Sobriety Checkpoints Planned for Weekend in Oklahoma City-Metro Area

Published: April 8, 2010

Six sobriety checkpoints will be set up in the Oklahoma City metro area over the weekend.


The checkpoints will be at undisclosed locations from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday and again from 7 p.m. Saturday to 3 a.m. Sunday.

Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputies and Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will target people who are driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

It’s not the first time the two agencies have teamed up to have three checkpoints in one night. But this weekend will be the first for back-to-back checkpoint nights, said Mark Myers, Oklahoma County sheriff’s department spokesman.

Since July 1, checkpoints have resulted in 201 driving under the influence arrests, 29 arrests on outstanding warrants and 13 driving without a valid driver’s license arrests. There have been 549 citations written and 684 warnings, Myers said.

Anyone convicted of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol could face a penalty of up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine and six months revocation of their drivers’ license.

Funding for the checkpoints is from the state Highway Safety Office.