Officials: Memorial Day weekend drawing heightened awareness of laws on road, water
By Cass Rains Staff Writer

People traveling during Memorial Day weekend should take extra care.

Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers will participate in two national safety campaigns during the long weekend.

Troopers are participating in “Click It or Ticket” and “Operation C.A.R.E.” programs meant to ensure motorists are driving safely during the holiday.

“There were 11 fatalities on our roads last year during the holiday weekend,” said OHP Capt. Chris West, Department of Public Safety spokesman. “Nine of those people killed were not wearing seat belts.”

OHP will concentrate efforts on in-toxicated drivers, safety belt violations, speeding and safe operation of water vessels this weekend, officials said.

“The Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a no-tolerance policy for seat belt and child restraint violations and we do not issue warnings,” West said. “There will be safety check points throughout the state, speed enforcement by use of aircraft, patrol cars and motorcycle units utilizing laser radar.

“Troopers will be out in full force this Memorial weekend.”

Enid Police Department also will have more officers working traffic enforcement during the weekend, focusing on alcohol and traffic offenses.

Garfield County Sheriff’s Office will have random check points throughout the county this Memorial Day weekend.