Public safety officials will be participating in two nationwide campaigns this Labor Day weekend in an effort to reduce highway traffic deaths and injury collisions on Oklahoma highways.

Public safety officials will be participating in two nationwide campaigns this Labor Day weekend in an effort to reduce highway traffic deaths and injury collisions on Oklahoma highways.

 

“OperationCombined Accident Reduction Effort” begins today. "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” started on August 17. Both both will wrap up on late Monday.

 

Col. Kerry Pettingill, Chief of the Highway Patrol said, "During this holiday period our troopers will be out in force watching for impaired, intoxicated and reckless drivers,. We will also be visiting with those individuals who neglect to wear their seat belts or fail to protect their children by use of child restraints.”

 

In addition, motorcyclists — riders and passengers are urged to wear approved safety helmets.    Motorist are reminded to Look Twice, Save a Life", as they share the road with motorcyclists.

 

"We’d also like to remind boaters that required safety equipment such as life jackets, or personal flotation devices will be enforced over the holiday,” said Pettingill. Children 12 years-of-age and younger are required to wear a life jacket.

 

"Not only is it dangerous to operate watercraft while intoxicated, it is illegal and the penalties are the same as operating a motor vehicle on the roadway; including jail time, fines and court costs. Our Marine Enforcement troopers will be taking impaired and intoxicated boat operators to jail this weekend,”  Pettingill said.

 

The OHP encourages citizens to report unsafe drivers or boat operators by calling Star-5-5 (*55) from any mobile device.