The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is preparing for the Independence Day holiday weekend by participating in special emphasis programs expected to increase safety on Oklahoma roadways and waterways.
Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and Operation Dry Water will be in effect over the 4th of July weekend.
"Our troopers will be highly visible this fourth of July weekend in an attempt to reduce collisions and dangerous behaviors both on our roads and waterways throughout the state," said Colonel Ricky Adams, Chief of Patrol. "Troopers will conduct DUI special emphasis and saturation patrols while looking for violations of law that contribute to collisions every day."
The violations troopers will be looking for include speeding, inattentive driving, failing to wear safety belts, failing to properly restrain children in child safety seats, failing to wear personal floatation devices and operating motor vehicles and vessels while under the influence of intoxicants or alcohol.
According to OHP, there were four deaths from motor vehicle collisions and two deaths from drowning during the 2013 reporting period which ran from 6 p.m. on July 3 through midnight on July 7.
This year, the reporting period runs from 6 p.m. on July 3 through midnight on July 6.
OHP encourages people to report dangerous drivers or boat operators by calling *55.