While most of south central Oklahoma is concentrating on ways to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, including fabulous feasting, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F troopers will be focusing on seatbelt enforcement rather than turkey and dressing.


While most of south central Oklahoma is concentrating on ways to celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday, including fabulous feasting, Oklahoma Highway Patrol Troop F troopers will be focusing on seatbelt enforcement rather than turkey and dressing.

 

Capt. Ronnie Hampton, Commander Troop F, said troopers will be conducting “seatbelt saturation patrols” throughout the area, which includes Carter, Johnston, Love and Murray counties, as well as Garvin and Pontotoc counties. And the “saturation won’t just be on Thanksgiving Day.

 

It starts today and will continue throughout the week.

 

Trooper Ken Duncan, OHP Troop F Public Information Officer, said the emphasis will be generated by a “large number of troopers,” and those troopers will be looking for both adult seatbelt violations, as well as violations of child restraint laws.

 

Why the early start to the enforcement effort?

 

Although traffic is not expected to increase substantially until Wednesday, Duncan said the emphasis begins today, “ ... in an effort to get the motoring public buckled up before they hit the road for the holiday.”

 

Troopers are also asking motorists to keep an eye out for those who are disregarding seatbelt laws or any other traffic laws.

 

“We’re urging all citizens to obey all traffic laws and report any persons operating in a careless manner. The public can contact the Highway Patrol at (580) 223-8800 or on a cellular phone by dialing *55,” he said.

 

In addition, motorists are reminded that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest travel holidays of the year. 

 

So while enjoying the holiday after arriving at the destination of the festivities is important, getting there safely should be paramount on every driver’s and passenger’s mind.

 

Here are some tips to remember while traveling:

 

Expect more traffic than usual. Plan to spend extra time on the road Research routes and learn where to expect possible construction backups and delays Be patient Take breaks Check tires, hoses, windshield wiper blades and fluids before departing Make sure travel vehicles are equipment with both personal and vehicle emergency kits Be prepared other drivers might not be in the holiday spirit. If victimized by road rage, use a cell phone to dial *55 or pull off the road and into a public area Obey speed limits Don’t drink and drive