Construction Area Enforcement
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has stepped up enforcement in an eight mile construction zone on state highway 33 in an effort to reduce traffic crashes. The construction zone begins at the Turner Turnpike Kellyville exit and extends west eight miles on SH33.
"This effort is being implemented at the request of Senator Ted Fisher, and Representatives Todd Hiett and Mike Tyler," said First Lieutenant Stewart Meyer. "So far this year, there have been seven traffic crashes in this one area so this is certainly cause for concern."
Three people died in one of the crashes as the result of a woman passing a car in a prohibited area of the zone. Four of the seven crashes were at intersections with stop signs, two traveled left of the center line and one driver ran out of gas and was coasting backwards when he was hit from behind.
"There have been 83 crashes in Creek County since the first of the year. We have a manpower shortage in Oklmugee County, so troopers are patrolling both counties," said First Lieutenant George Green, commander Tulsa OHP troop headquarters.
Green is coordinating with the OHP aircraft division to detect violators of the stop signs, passing in a no-passing zone and traveling left of center.