OHP Operation C.A.R.E. in effect for Labor Day weekend

By: Helen Headlee Email
By: Helen Headlee Email

ARDMORE, OK - For many Texomans Labor Day weekend began Friday night. And it began for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol too when Operation C.A.R.E. went into effect. Trooper Walter Jack explained what weekend drivers can expect.

"In the evening shifts we'll have an extra amount of troopers out on the road, enforcing DUI, working traffic infractions," said Jack.

C.A.R.E. is an acronym that stands for Combined Accident Reduction Effort. The campaign aims to reduce highway traffic deaths and injury accidents.

Troopers will be on the lookout for drivers under the influence as well as those who aren't wearing their seatbelts or fail to use restraints for children in their vehicle.

One mom we spoke with is welcoming Operation C.A.R.E.

"I think it's a good idea because it's going to save more lives and save more kiddos," said Syndi Brooks, a mother and a driver.

But C.A.R.E. doesn't stop on the road.

"Cracking down on boating incidents and drunk drivers on boats as well," said Trooper Jack "So we're going to be out on Texoma, Lake Murray, all the southern areas."

OHP records said that last Labor Day weekend in Oklahoma four people died in vehicle crashes and two of those deaths were alcohol related. Trooper Jack hopes Operation Care will reduce accidents like those this weekend.

"To show that we are out there cracking down on violations such as drinking and driving and seatbelt violations just in order to make sure the general motoring public is safe," said Jack.

The campaign will continue until Monday at midnight.


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