DPS News Releases 2002

  • December 30, 2002 - New Year's Holiday - The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is urging motorists to take heed over the New Years Holiday.
  • December 23, 2002 - Christmas Holiday fatalities - Five people died during the Christmas holiday last year, December 23, 2001 through December 25, 2001.
  • December 12, 2002 - November 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of 25 traffic fatalities in November for a total of 57, compared to 82 in the same month last year.
  • November 26, 2002 - Troopers urge holiday travelers to drive safe - The traffic fatality count has decreased for the month of November, and Oklahoma Highway Patrol officials are urging travelers to help them continue the trend by driving safe during the Thanksgiving holiday.
  • November 08, 2002 - October 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of one traffic fatality in October for a total of 60, compared to 59 in the same month last year.
  • October 29, 2002 - 54th OHP Academy - Two women will graduate with 51 fellow cadets as members of the 54th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy.
  • October 25, 2002 - Potential al-Qaida Threats to Economic Targets in the United States and Abroad - Oklahoma Homeland Security Director Bob A. Ricks has today issued a notification to key industry sectors of additional terrorism-related information.
  • October 10, 2002 - September 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of three traffic fatalities in September for a total of 57, compared to 60 in the same month last year.
  • September 24, 2002 - Oklahoma law enforcement drag race to win world championship - For the first time, the World Finals drag racing competition of Beat the Heat, Incorporated will be held in Oklahoma.
  • September 12, 2002 - August 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of five traffic fatalities in August for a total of 62, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
  • September 10, 2002 - Heightened state of alert - Department of Public Safety officials met with representatives of the governor's office and Homeland Security in response to concerns of the nation's heightened state of alert.
  • August 13, 2002 - July 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a increase of two traffic fatalities in July for a total of 69, compared to 67 in the same month last year.
  • July 11, 2002 - June 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in June for a total of 54, compared to 63 in the same month last year.
  • July 2, 2002 - Troopers urge Oklahomans to drive safe during holiday - Oklahoma Highway Patrol reports one traffic fatality during the 2001 Independence Day holiday, a 17-year low.
  • June 28, 2002 - Oklahoma Higway Patrol hosts largest academy in 20 years - The 54th Oklahoma Highway Patrol Academy will register 80 cadets on Friday, June 28.
  • June 12, 2002 - May 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report an increase of four traffic fatalities in May for a total of 55, compared to 51 in the same month last year.
  • May 28, 2002 - Troopers enforce safe driving during holiday weekend - Last year, 11 people died in vehicle crashes during the Memorial Day weekend, the same number as the previous year.
  • May 15, 2002 - April 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in April for a total of 43, compared to 52 in the same month last year.
  • May 14, 2002 - Two state troopers will receive annual awards - State Troopers Jack Walker and Tony Nelson will receive awards for saving the lives of two Oklahomans last year. They will be honored with the 2001 Trooper of the Year awards for humanitarianism and heroism respectively.
  • Mar. 8, 2002 - February 2002 - Monthly Fatality Report - Department of Public Safety officials report a decrease of nine traffic fatalities in February for a total of 35, compared to 44 in the same month last year.