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St. Patty's Day DUI arrests relatively low

St. Patty's Day DUI arrests relatively low (KTUL)

St. Patrick's Day and alcohol go together like Christmas and the tree, or Easter and the egg.

Only, it's headaches and lost car keys instead of torn wrapping paper and candy you'll find one day later.

But this year, the number of drunk driving and public intoxication arrests in Tulsa County were relatively low.

"We had seven public intoxication arrests, along with a couple of DUI's," said Leland Ashley with the Tulsa Police Department.

"We made two public intoxicationarrests and eight DWI arrests," said Melissa Tapper with the Tulsa County Sheriff's Department.

While those numbers aren't too much of a break from the norm, Tulsa police say it's not too bad.

"I'd say, for the most part, it was a pretty uneventful night," said Ashley.

No one knows exactly why, but police think it could have something to do with education, combined with more options for that ride home.

"It could be a lot that individuals are paying more attention, and using a taxi service, and using designated drivers and things like that," said Ashley.

"You've got so much access to Lyft and Uber and taxi services, and call your friends, or use the Tulsa bus system, anything, besides getting behind the wheel that night and making a bad choice," said Tapper.

OHP troopers set up a checkpoint Thursday night and said they were planning a saturated patrol with extra troopers on hand for Friday night, looking for drunk drivers.

TPD, along with other agencies planned an ENDUI checkpoint for intoxicated drivers along the 1500 block of North Harvard that same night.

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