Commander Ronnie Hampton, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F, said troop officials have developed a response plan that will be activated if the approaching winter storm adversely effects the area.


Commander Ronnie Hampton, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F, said troop officials have developed a response plan that will be activated if the approaching winter storm adversely effects the area.

“Utilizing the troopers assigned to Troop F and the other Special Services Divisions of the patrol to include: Law Enforcement Technology, Dive Team, Commercial Vehicle Enforcement, Special Operations, Aircraft, Marine Enforcement and Investigations, we will have nearly 50 troopers to disseminate in the six-county area (Carter, Garvin, Johnston, Love, Murray and Pontotoc counties) in the event conditions deteriorate, Hampton said. “In addition we have contacted the Oklahoma National Guard and are working with our local counterparts there if a larger response is needed on the roads or from a larger public safety need.”

Hampton offered the following tips for those who might find themselves on the road during the potential storm or who are considering chancing trips during dangerous road conditions:

Information About Road Conditions
Hampton said if the winter storm ravages the area communications officers and administrative personnel at Troop F, headquartered in Ardmore, will be busy with emergency phone calls.

He urges those who are tempted to call the local Troop F emergency phone lines to ask questions about road conditions to seek the information they need online.

Oklahoma road conditions can be accessed at www.dps.state.ok.us. Road conditions can be obtained by clicking on a link, located in the upper right corner of the Web page,  called Weather-Related Road Conditions.

“The neat thing about this site is we have 13 field troops around the 77 counties and every headquarters is staffed with communications officers who update the conditions for every county in their area on a regular basis. I would encourage everyone who has access to the Internet to use this service, rather than calling our headquarters,” Hampton said. 

Stay Alert and Take Precautions
Hampton encourages everyone to keep an eye on the weather throughout the day.
“I want to encourage everyone to avoid travel if the conditions begin to deteriorate. Normally, the majority of our problems occur when road conditions get bad and people are at work and then try to drive home.  I hope that employers take this storm seriously, if it delivers the punch that is predicted, we don’t want people driving home from work on the ice.”

Accidents and Road Emergencies
“Calling 911 is the quickest way to get first responders and emergency medical personnel when collisions happen and injuries occur,” Hampton said. “If you are needing to report a road hazard or non-injury collision you can call *55 from a cellular phone and be connected into the highway patrol area you are calling from.”