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More Cops. More Stops.

More Cops. More Stops.

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For Immediate Release:

October 31, 2011

Contact: Chief P. Cole              (405) 789-2323             pcole@bethanypd.org

More Cops. More Stops.

Across Oklahoma and Through the Holidays State and Local Law Enforcement Cracking Down on Traffic Safety Violations to Help Save More Lives

Bethany, OK – Oklahoma drivers beware. Bethany Police Department is teaming with law enforcement agencies across the state between now and the busy Thanksgiving travel season to crack down on traffic safety violations.

State and local law enforcement will be out in force to remind all drivers and passengers to never drink and drive, always buckle up, obey the speed limit , and eliminate all distractions in the vehicle while driving.

This special crackdown is part of the state’s new More Cops. More Stops. campaign to help save more lives on Oklahoma’s roadways.

“We want everyone to be safe while traveling on Oklahoma’s roadways this busy Thanksgiving season,” said Chief P. Cole. “So we are teaming with other state and local law enforcement officials on this special More Cops. More Stops. campaign to crackdown and strongly enfroce our most basic and important highway safety laws.”

69 percent of 18-34 year old passenger vehicle occupants killed in Oklahoma crashes during 2009 were NOT wearing their seat belts at the time of the crash. “Not wearing your seat belt will get you a ticket but we will also be cracking down on speeding and distracted driving, especially anyone caught drinking and driving,” Cole said.

Cole said nearly 1/3 of those killed on Oklahoma’s highways during 2009 involved drivers or motorcycle operators with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08 or above at the time of their deadly crash. In 2009, 133 people in Oklahoma died in crashes involving a 15-20 year old driver. Nearly 41 percent of those drivers had a BAC of 0.1 or above at the time of the fatal crash.

Oklahoma is teaming with the US Department of Transportation, National Highway traffic Safety Administration on this important national demonstration project, as one of the only two states to test the effectiveness of a new combined high visibility enforcement campaign. This campaign is designed to reduce drunk driving , boost seat belt use, and crack down on speeding and distracted driving, particularly among young males.

Research and fatal crash statistics show that young adult males are most likely to practice high-risk behaviors in their vehicles, such as not wearing seat belts and or drinking and driving.

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