The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is anticipating smooth traffic for the Fourth of July week, however, individuals are still urged to take safety precautions.
Oklahoma was ranked as the number one most dangerous state during the Fourth of July based on traffic fatalities and fire reports, according to ASecureLife’s annual Fourth of July state safety report.
ASecureLife research and communications specialist Andrea Harvey said Oklahoma has a higher than average rate of fatal car crashes during the holiday weekend at 2.5 highway deaths per million residents. This is “likely due to drunk driving,” she said.
However, with the holiday falling on a weekday this year, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Allen Henry said he doesn’t expect to see as many issues as the OHP might normally see if the holiday fell on a weekend.
“As far as the drinking, when it’s through the middle of the week, usually it doesn’t affect anything because everybody’s got to go to work the next day,” Henry said.
The only areas Henry said he expects to see an influx of traffic are those around Lake Murray and other celebration destinations.
Otherwise, Henry said he would advise individuals to engage in regular safety precautions. This includes not drinking and driving and remembering to wear seatbelts.
Additionally, those observing the Winstar World Casino and Resort’s firework display in Thackerville are urged to refrain from parking on the shoulder of Interstate 35 to watch the fireworks, Henry said. This has caused problems with traffic in previous years, he said.