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.
Oklahoma will also play a significant role in the event "C.A.R.E. Across America. On November 24, there will be at least one State Trooper every 15 miles on Interstate 40 and Interstate 35 from across Oklahoma. This special enforcement campaign is intended to promote a high visibility emphasis and a "No Tolerance" policy for any type of violation. This year's focus will be placed on saturation patrols in designated areas of interstate systems I-35 and I-40. Captain Chris West, OHP spokesman 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 every effort is made to insure safety for travelers."
Over 2008 we had 587 crashes resulting in 15 fatalities. In 2009 we had 612 crashes resulting in seven fatalities. One of the seven fatal crashes in 2009 was alcohol or drug related, and over half of those killed were not wearing seat belts. "Presently, the state has 116 fewer fatalities than last year and we’d like to build upon that number before the end of the year, said West."
Bedlam weekend also falls within this period. "We want to keep bedlam in the stadium and not on the highway," West 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 West, 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.
The official Thanksgiving period begins Wednesday, November 24 and continues through Sunday, November 28.