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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Holiday DUI will not be tolerated, but option available

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  • Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will be taking a "no tolerance" stance on driving under the influence throughout the holidays. But those who find they've had one drink too many and don't have a designated driver still have an alternative to getting behind the wheel with "Tipsy Tow."
    "We are passionate and committed to the safety of Oklahomans and those traveling our roadways," said Col. Ricky Adams, chief of patrol. "We want to wish all a joyous and safe holiday as we do our part to make this a safe traveling holiday season."
    In addition to DUI, troopers and other law enforcement agencies will be cracking down on speeders, as well as no child restraints or seat belts.
    AAA Oklahoma is offering "Tipsy Tow" in Ardmore through 4 a.m. Jan. 2. The free ride service within a 15-mile radius from the point of pickup is available to AAA members and non-members alike. But Chuck Mai, AAA spokesman, said there is one restriction. The free ride is limited to only one destination — home.
    "Tipsy Tow" is available by calling (800) 222-4357.
    "We want the public to be safe when operating a motor vehicle as we continue to cut down on the number of fatality accidents we have each year," Adams says. As of Dec. 13, there have been 621 traffic deaths compared to 708 deaths for the year in 2012.
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