Oklahoma Highway Safety Office (OHSO) said law enforcement officers across the state will be watching for impaired drivers in an attempt to curtail accidents on Fourth of July weekend.

“For too many families, this holiday weekend can be filled with tragedy instead of celebration,” said a press release from OHSO.  “The Fourth of July is one of the deadliest holidays of the year when it comes to alcohol-impaired-driving crashes on our roadways.  That’s why (OHSO) is reminding everyone that law enforcement officers across the state will be on the lookout for impaired drivers throughout the holiday period.”

Pontotoc County Sheriff John Christian said party-goers often attempt to drive home after drinking too much on holidays.

“(People) leaving parties and driving intoxicated has certainly been the norm for years,” Christian said.  “We see an increase (of impaired drivers) during any major summer holiday, especially.”

He said he would have more officers on duty during evenings of the holiday weekend.

“We’ll be watching and trying to help everybody have a safe holiday,” he said.

Assistant Ada Police Chief Carl Allen said Ada Police Department would have an additional four-to-five officers on duty in the interest of public safety.

“We’re concerned about (impaired drivers),” he said.  “We’re also concerned about people popping off fireworks, especially in light of the fact that it’s so dry outside.”

“Each of us can do our part to combat one of America’s deadliest crimes:  drunk driving,” said Alice Collinsworth, OHSO communications manager. “This holiday, and all year long, we hope everyone will designate a non-drinking driver before the parties begin.”