The holiday party planning is underway. The Ponca City Police Department is offering a few tips for planning, attending and keeping upcoming celebrations safe for attendees and others.

  • Have a designated driver. It’s one of the simplest rules to follow, but also one of the most effective in keeping people safe on the roads.
  • Have cab numbers on hand. If someone should not be driving and they insist on going home, call a cab for them instead of allowing them to take the risk of driving home.
  • Offer plenty of non-alcoholic drinks. While many guests may want to enjoy the holidays with an alcoholic drink, offer non-alcoholic drinks as an option.
  • Offer food if you’re offering alcohol. Drinking on an empty stomach can cause a person to become intoxicated faster. Offering food along with drinks may help prevent guests from over-indulging on alcohol alone.

The Ponca City Police Department has received a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office to combat drunk and drugged drivers. Additional officers will be patrolling the streets in an effort to keep everyone safe. “Please do your part to make sure everyone is safe on the road and highways this holiday season”, said grant liaison Ponca City Police Patrol Lieutenant Jason Filtz.