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May 7, 2014

Moving in on drunk drivers

Pauls Valley, Oklahoma — A larger operation meant to stop impaired drivers in their tracks made a visit to Garvin County this past weekend.

Law enforcement officers from various agencies converged on the county to conduct what’s called an “impaired driving enforcement operation.”

More than 30 officers took part in the operation stretching from 7 p.m. Friday, May 2 through 3 p.m. the following morning.

Officers taking part in the operation were from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Garvin County Sheriff’s Department and police departments from Pauls Valley, Lindsay, Paoli, Wynnewood and Stratford.

Once the campaign got underway officers saturated the county looking for impaired drivers.

During the eight-hour operation 10 people were arrested and booked into the Garvin County jail.

Only two of the custodial arrests were for impaired driving, while the other eight were for narcotics and driver’s license complaints or outstanding warrants.

The team contacted over 200 vehicles during roving patrols. No collisions occurred in Garvin County during the operation.

“We consider this operation a success,” said Pauls Valley Police Chief Mitch McGill.

“We in law enforcement know that our success is not measured in how many people we arrest,” said OHP Captain Ronnie Hampton.

“Our job is to prevent injury and death as a result of impaired driving.”

Another bonus from the operation came with the numerous social media posts on the large countywide presence.

“This is a good thing, whatever causes the public to make wise decisions and not drive impaired is considered a success,” Hampton added.

Another OHP led impaired driving operation is planned with Carter County officials during the Memorial Day weekend.

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