Those planning on starting their Thanksgiving road trips today on Interstate 35 will see at least one Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper every 15 miles. Travelers on Interstate 40 will be seeing the same thing.


Those planning on starting their Thanksgiving road trips today on Interstate 35 will see at least one Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper every 15 miles. Travelers on Interstate 40 will be seeing the same thing.

 

Capt. Chris West, OHP spokesman, said the “saturation patrols” are part of OHP’s  participation in the national “Operation C.A.R.E. — Combined Accident Reduction Effort.” The effort will target alcohol-related offenses, speed, safety belts and child-restraint usage.

 

The high visibility campaign carries a “no tolerance” wallop for any type of violation.

 

“The Thanksgiving holiday period is the most heavily traveled holiday in the United States. During these times, days off are canceled for all troopers, and every effort is made to ensure safety for travelers,” West said.

 

Today marks the official start of the Thanksgiving holiday, which continues through Sunday. In addition, West said “Bedlam” weekend also falls within the holiday period.

 

“We want to keep bedlam in the stadium and not on the highway,” he said.

 

Troopers will be conducting safety checkpoints throughout the state, speed enforcement with the use of aircraft, and motorcycle units utilizing laser radar patrolling Oklahoma roadways.

 

“OHP troopers will be out in full force this holiday. We ask all drivers to please slow down, drive responsibly and buckle up,” West said, adding this reminder, “Troopers do not issue warnings for seat-belt violations.”