According to statistics compiled by the McIntyre Law Group and posted their website, oklahoma-law.com, in 2011, Oklahoma saw a decrease by just one in fatalities caused by alcohol-associated accidents. Crashes and injuries went down by 203 and 92 respectively, but fatalities still remained high. The website reports that at 244 fatalities statewide, with a .4% decrease over the past year, fatalities remain close to 17% higher than they were just two years ago.
But don’t blame the Tulsa Highway Patrol. They do all they can. Last New Year’s, for example, the OHP was on the job.By the way if you need a solid Tulsa Auto Repair this one can help to fix your damaged automobile and they do great car tech work:
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An article was posted by Dan Bewley, Jan 01, 2013 on 6 Oklahoma’s Own website, newson6.com, under the headline, “OHP: New Year’s Celebration Lands Some Oklahoma Drivers Behind Bars.
Bewley reports: Tulsa, Oklahoma - Several people sat in jail New Year for drinking and driving, thanks to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol’s stepped up holiday enforcement. It seems the first arrest took place at midnight on Interstate 44 when a van drew up behind a trooper going 100 miles per hour. Trooper Sue Farley was quoted as saying, “Came up behind the trooper, trooper went to pull up and get out of his way, had to leave the roadway to keep from being hit by him,”
The story stated that the trooper pursued the van until it finally pulled over near 50th and Rockford. The driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Another Tragic Tale on the Highways of Oklahoma
Just a half-hour later, a driver lost control near the 3800 block of West 71st Street in Creek County and crashed. Troopers were quoted in the story in that instance as saying that the driver was headed home, “became confused, and ended up going the wrong way.”
That driver lost control and crashed through the brick entryway. The piece added that his legs were pinned beneath the steering wheel and alcohol and prescription medications may have been to blame, said investigators.
And so it went. In the end, 48 speeding citations were given, 14 were DUI citations 9 were DUI arrests, and 4 were arrested for drug offenses.
Woman Dead, Three Children Taken To Tulsa Hospital In Creek County Oklahoma Car Crash
This one sounds like the driver was simply not paying attention. No alcohol or weather-related problems were reported.
NewsOn6.com, 6 Oklahoma’s Own, posted the story Apr 10, 2013, under the headline, “Woman Killed, Three Children Hurt In Creek County Wreck,”
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol was cited as saying that Melissa Byard, 33, of Mannford was driving a Ford Taurus and was pulling out of a private drive when her car was struck by an eastbound Mazda at 7:36 a.m. Byard failed to yield when she pulled out onto Highway 33.
The OHP was cited in the NowsOn6 story as saying that three children in the Taurus were injured and Melissa Byard was pronounced dead at the scene.
Troopers were quoted as saying the weather was not a factor in the crash.
Trooper Joe Spears says the Mazda hit the Ford in the driver’s side door and the driver of the Taurus was pronounced dead at the scene.
The OHP said the passengers were Tristan Pittser, 16, Laurun Byard, 12, James Byard, 9, and that Laurun and James were taken to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa in critical condition. They say Pittser was treated and released.
The article added that the driver of the Mazda, Whitney Davis, 26, was taken to St. John Medical Center in Tulsa in serious condition.