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Tulsa Police Department Teams Up for More Cops, More Stops Campaign to Save Lives in Oklahoma

ARCHIVED PRESS RELEASE: Published 4-19-2013

Too many drivers and passengers are losing their lives on our roads. In fact, more than 500 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in traffic crashes in Oklahoma during 2011 - and 59 percent of those killed were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of the crash.

Data also shows that 31 percent of Oklahoma's highway fatalities occurred in a speeding-related crash and 32 percent of Oklahoma's fatalities involved a driver with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.

Oklahoma's teens and young adults ages 18-34 are especially at risk. Of those in this age group killed in Oklahoma crashes in 2011, 69 percent were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of the crash. Some 40 percent were involved in speeding-related crashes, and 44 percent died in a crash that involved a drunk driver.

These deaths are unacceptable and preventable. That's why the More Cops, More Stops campaign is so important. It reminds drivers to follow the law and to help make Oklahoma roads safer.

More frequent stops, citations and arrests for those who break Oklahoma's most critical traffic safety laws will reduce fatalities and injuries on Oklahoma roadways.

This is part of a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration campaign to test the effectiveness of this high-visibility combined enforcement campaign. We are targeting risky drivers in April - and again in July, for the final enforcement wave.

We will be out in force, with more cops making more stops, so put safety first. Buckle up. Slow down. Never drink and drive.

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