Department of Public Safety officials are expecting travel to increase not only in Oklahoma but nationwide this Thanksgiving Holiday. Many motorist will begin there travels Wednesday evening, while others will be on the road Thursday morning.
Last year during the Thanksgiving Holiday period, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office reported 15 people in Oklahoma lost their lives while 346 were injured in traffic fatalities. Ten or 67% of those killed were not wearing safety belts at the time of the crash according to OHSO statics. Three of the deaths were alcohol related according to the opinion of the investigating state, county or municipal officer.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol will again participate in a nationwide traffic enforcement effort titled C.A.R.E, Combined Accident Reduction Effort. C.A.R.E. activities center around the major holiday periods each year. During these times, troopers will concentrate their enforcement activities towards alcohol-related offenses, speed, seatbelt and child restraint usage. "With the Troopers’ high visibility on the roads enforcing the laws and assisting the motoring public, it is hoped all motorists will remind themselves to drive responsibly," said Lieutenant George Brown, Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesperson.
Brown said "We want the holiday to be safe and enjoyable, and ask those who plan holiday trips to exercise caution when driving to and from their destination."