Kids Day Out with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol

On Thursday, October 20, beginning at 9:00 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers and members of the Concerned Citizens for the Highway Patrol Society and Oklahoma State Troopers Association will host a day of education and fun for selected youth in the metro area.

Students are from Bethel Hills Schools and approximately 25 students are from AYUSA (a student exchange organization in the United States), representing Italy, Germany, Brazil, and Viet Nam.

"Troopers will conduct boat and water safety instruction and demonstrations," said Colonel Gary Adams, Chief of the Highway Patrol. "This idea was conceived by the COHPS organization, and we are working in conjunction with them to create a learning experience for these kids. Our goal is to impress upon them the importance of safety and have some fun while doing so."

Troopers will fish on boats with the students and teach them hands-on water safety. They will explain the benefits of wearing personal flotation devices as well as outline the required boating equipment and tips to keep them safe during recreation. There will be demonstrations by the OHP bomb squad, dive team, and also, bomb and drug dog demonstrations. Other displays include; Beat the Heat race cars, dive team trailer, recovery boat, Harley Davidson motorcycles, bomb truck and robot, safety exhibit trailer, bomb dog presentation, helicopter, drug dog presentation, 1937 Ford, air boats, 1937 Indian motorcycle and two jet boats.

"Various giveaways have been donated for each of the participants. Troopers will be teamed up with the students in each boat for a couple of hours of safety instruction and fishing," said Adams. "This should be quite a treat for these students because most people have never seen an air boat, much less ridden in one."

After lunch the students will be shown a drug dog demonstration. "This is always a big hit with kids. The troopers will explain how they work with their canines, and their role in drug seizures," said Adams. "They will conduct an actual search sequence so the students can watch the dogs in action."

Sponsors of the program include Arvest Bank of Shawnee, Bass Pro Shops of OKC, Suchy's Bait of Purcell, Concerned Oklahomans for the Highway Patrol (COHPS), and Oklahoma State Troopers Association (OSTA). The event will be held at the Wes Watkins Reservoir- take Exit 176 off of Interstate 40, follow the signs.

The event will be capped off by special awards, trophies and a helicopter ride for the top fisherman.