Memorial Day Weekend
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is prepared for the increase in travelers this holiday weekend as they target motorist who fail to comply with the state’s seat belt law. "Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a 'no tolerance' policy for seat belt and child restraint violations and we do not issue warnings. Every operator and front seat passenger along with anyone under the age of 13, is required to be in a safety seat belt system,”said Captain Chris West, Department of Public Safety spokesperson.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will be out in full force over the "Memorial Day" weekend in an effort to keep travelers safe. "Along with seat belts, troopers will be watching for speeders and aggressive drivers," said West.
Along with the National All America Buckle Up campaign troopers have joined together with the other states in "Operation C.A.R.E.,"( combined accident reduction effort) campaign which focuses on speed enforcement, DUI and safety belt violations.
Captain West said "Last year five people died in fatality accidents on Memorial Day weekend, one was alcohol related, one was not wearing a safety belt and one motorcyclist did not have on a helmet .
Memorial Day weekend also means increased traffic on Oklahoma lakes and rivers. Two people drowned last Memorial Day weekend. Troopers will be on the water as well as the road enforcing drinking and driving on the lake. Lieutenant Kurt McKean, Lake Patrol Section of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol reminds people, "Be mindful of the current lake levels. Most or at or above the flood plane, which makes it more likely to have floating debris in the water or permanent structures under water, such as picnic tables or charcoal grills."
"Everyone 13 and under are required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket and I encourage all adults as well," McKean says. "We ask all parents to watch their children closely when they are playing around the water."
Lt. McKean says,"Children 12-16 years of age are required by law to have a 'Boating Safety' class before operating a personal watercraft and/or a motorboat in excess of 10 hp."