2006 Thanksgiving Holiday

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will again participate in a nationwide traffic enforcement campaign titled "Operation C.A.R.E." - Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Troopers and State Police throughout the United States will concentrate their enforcement activities toward alcohol-related offenses, speed, safety belts and child restraint usage.

This year, Oklahoma will also play a significant role in the event "C.A.R.E. Across America." The State of Oklahoma was instrumental in developing the initiative which began last year as a combined effort between Oklahoma and Arkansas. Other states had similar operations, and now it has grown to a transcontinental event.

On November 22, there will be at least one State Trooper every 10 miles on Interstate 40 from coast to coast. This campaign is intended to promote high visibility of law enforcement across the United States, with a “no tolerance” policy for any type of violation.

Colonel Jerry Cason, Chief of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, said "The Thanksgiving holiday period is the most heavily traveled holiday in the United States. During these times, days off are cancelled for all troopers, and even the Commissioner of Public Safety has been known to don his uniform and assist with this increased enforcement."

In 2004 we had 6 crashes resulting in 10 fatalities. In 2005 we had 12 crashes resulting in 13 fatalities. Two of the 12 fatal crashes in 2005 were alcohol or drug related, and over half of those killed were not wearing seat belts.

Bedlam weekend also falls within this period. "We want to keep bedlam in the stadium and not on the highway," Cason stated. There will be safety checkpoints throughout the state, speed enforcement with the use of aircraft, and motorcycle units utilizing laser radar patrolling Oklahoma roadways.

"The OHP Troopers will be out in full force this holiday," said Cason, and "We ask all drivers to please slow down, drive responsibly and buckle up." As a reminder, Troopers do not issue warnings for seat belt violations. Effective November 1, 2006, child restraint violations increased to $207.90.

The official Thanksgiving period begins Wednesday, November 22 and continues through Sunday, November 26.