The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will join thousands of law enforcement and highway safety agencies nationwide from August 17 through September 3, 2007, to take part in the Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest crackdown on impaired drivers. This campaign is a prevention program organized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), which focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness.

"Drunk driving is not worth the consequences!" said Captain Chris West, OHP spokesperson. "Not only do you risk killing yourself or someone else, but the trauma, devastation, and financial impact of a crash or an arrest for driving while impaired are significant. Violators face jail and/or prison time, loss of their driving privileges, higher insurance rates, attorney fees, time away from work, and numerous other expenses."

In 2006, 15,121 people across the country were killed as a result of impaired driving.

"This senseless disregard for human life is unacceptable. Our message is simple. If you are caught driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you will be arrested," Captain West said. "OHP will be out in full force conducting sobriety checkpoints and saturating Oklahoma's roads, highways and interstates. If you make the decision to drink, don't drive. Remember, if you are over the limit, you're under arrest."

For more information, please visit www.StopImpairedDriving.com.