The Grove Police Department, along with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol (OHP) will be monitoring traffic very closely over the holiday weekend.

“We want everyone to have a safe and fun holiday,” said Grove Police Chief Mark Morris. “That means not drinking and driving.”

Morris said extra officers will be on duty throughout the weekend and that sobriety checkpoints will be established in certain areas of town.

“If you drink and drive in Grove, you will be arrested,” Morris warned.

The OHP had a similar message for holiday drivers.

 “We will do everything possible to keep the roads safe this holiday weekend, but we also need the cooperation of all travelers,” said Captain Chris West, Department of Public Safety spokesperson.

Troopers will be patrolling Oklahoma’s roads in full force throughout the holiday weekend.

OHP will continue to enforce its “no tolerance” policies for those who choose to drink and drive, and for those who choose not to wear their safety belts, West said.

He noted that for people who decide to celebrate the New Year by consuming alcohol, there are many transportation options available.

“Getting behind the wheel is not one of those options. Drinking and driving is irresponsible, dangerous, and deadly. Designate a driver, call a cab, or stay home. If you decide to drive hammered, you’re going to get nailed,” West said.

From January 1 through December 29, 2008, there have been 686 traffic deaths in the state of Oklahoma, according to the OHP.

“We are urging the public to help us end this year without more fatality collisions on our roadways, so please obey speed limits, buckle up, and don’t drink and drive,” stated West.

Motorists traveling with cellular phones are encouraged to contact the Oklahoma Highway Patrol by dialing *55 or 911 to report drunken or erratic driving and traffic emergencies on the interstates and highways.