Drunk driver victims advocates says that Oklahoma DUI laws are weak and the lack of a unified court system helps repeat offenders. Oklahoma DUI defense attorney Bruce Edge counters that the legal threshold for DUI is arbitrary and the laws penalize the wrong people.
The legal definition for drunk driving in Oklahoma, as in the rest of the country, is when a motorist has a blood alcohol content of 0.08% or higher. While law enforcement, advocacy groups and defense attorneys agree that drunk driving is a serious social issue, there is an emerging thought that the 0.08 threshold may not be a true gauge for impairment and that a zero tolerance campaign against drinking and driving has impacted many motorists who are not impaired. Perhaps many would prefer that the system err on the side of caution, but imagine the financial burden, humiliation and possible jail time and loss of job that could come from being accused of driving while impaired while actually being in control of one