Memorial Day Weekend

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us again this year, and while remembering and honoring deceased loved ones, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol is encouraging motorists to be especially careful on Oklahoma roadways. "There were three fatalities on our roads last year during Memorial Day weekend," said Trooper Betsy Randolph. The cause of those fatal crashes was unsafe speed. Alcohol was a contributing factor in one crash, and one person who died was not wearing a seat belt. One motorcyclist was killed. He was not wearing a helmet. "There are some simple things people can do to ensure their safety and the safety of their passengers, especially children, riding in vehicles this weekend. Wear your seat belt, buckle up those little people, obey the speed limit and don't ever drink and drive," said Trooper Randolph.

OHP will be participating in two national safety programs targeting restraint violations. The "Click it or Ticket" campaign and "Operation C.A.R.E (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) All American Buckle Up Week" are enforcement programs that run before, during, and after Memorial Day.

"The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a 'no tolerance' policy for seat belt and child restraint violations. Troopers will focus on alcohol-related offenses, speeding, seat belt and child restraint usage. You are likely to see more troopers out and they will be enforcing all state laws in an effort to keep everyone safe this holiday weekend," said Trooper Randolph.

Memorial Day weekend also means increased traffic on Oklahoma’s lakes and rivers.

"The Lake Patrol Section of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol would like to remind boaters that every vessel is required to carry one U.S. Coast Guard - approved wearable life jacket for each person on board. Every person under the age of 13 is required to wear a life jacket. We would also like to remind people who might be drinking of the tendency for sun, wind and waves to magnify the effects of alcohol," said Captain George Green. "The penalties for operating a boat, jet ski, or any other water vessel while under the influence of drugs or alcohol are the same as the penalties for driving a car while intoxicated. Also, we ask all parents to keep a close watch on their children when they are playing near the water."

"Let's make this a record - breaking Memorial Day weekend with fewer or no fatality crashes," said Trooper Randolph