Norman Police are set to step up traffic and impaired driving enforcement this Fourth of July. While the holiday is a time for celebration for most, the Fourth of July can also create a devastating nightmare for individuals who are injured or killed due to impaired and unsafe driving.
For this reason, the Norman Police Department will deploy traffic safety enforcement projects across Norman. The projects will include a sobriety checkpoint Thursday night as well as high-visibility traffic enforcement in areas that will have an increased level of holiday travel throughout the weekend.
Named in memory of Cadence Gordon, who was tragically killed in a collision caused by a driver under the influence of narcotics in Norman on Labor Day in 2013, the operation will focus on seatbelt usage, safe driving, and reducing impaired driving.
During the 2017 Fourth of July holiday, eleven people died in collisions on Oklahoma roads with six of those fatalities occurring in collisions with impaired drivers. To stop impaired drivers and eliminate other social harms, Norman police will deploy various safety enforcement projects focused on occupant protection, hazardous traffic violations, and a checkpoint to target impaired driving. Patrons can expect an increased presence of officers who will show zero tolerance.
If you are going to consume alcohol this holiday weekend, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. If impaired, call a taxi, ride-share service, friend, or family member to drive you home. But whatever you do, do not drink and drive and always remember to BUCKLE UP LIKE A CHAMPION TODAY.
The Operation Cadence Enforcement Projects is held in partnership with NHTSA, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and ENDUI Oklahoma.