Oklahoma partners with U.S. Department of Transportation to promote safe driving
Mark Friedel Staff Reporter
Officers from Northeast Oklahoma are working with the rest of the state to reduce drunk driving, increase seat belt use and cracking down on speeding.
The campaign is called “More Cops. More Stops.” and is designed as a mobilization which will take place today through Aug. 5.
State and local law enforcement officers met Wednesday for a news conference given by Rogers County Sherriff Scott Walton, emphasising drinking and driving, seat belt use and speeding.
According to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, nearly 500 people were killed in Oklahoma highway crashes in 2010 with 60 percent not wearing seat belts.Thirty-three percent of the fatalities involved an alcohol impaired driver and 28 percent were unsafe speed crashes.
Claremore police offcers will be saturating the city during this time, providing extra officers on the highways, roads and neighborhood streets, said Claremore Police Officer Robin Blair.
Mobilizations are conducted for every year statistics, which include fatality rates on drunk driving and prescription driving, she said.
Tulsa Law Enforcement Liaison Trooper Antonio Porter said “we will be patrolling day and night enforcing zero tolerance against vehicle safety violations on the road. Our goal is to keep drivers safe by reducing traffic-related deaths and injuries.”