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An Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper conducts a traffic stop and issues a citation to a man in Ada for not wearing a seat belt Tuesday.

Randy Mitchell
Ada Evening News

If you thought there were a lot of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers in Ada Tuesday, you were right.

OHP troopers were out in full force in an effort to ensure motorists were wearing their seat belts.

Nearly a dozen troopers gathered in Ada for an early enforcement campaign to make sure drivers are aware of the laws before they head out for the Thanksgiving holiday, according to Trooper Heath Green.

“We’re doing it because of the upcoming holiday weekend,” Green said. “AAA is expecting an 11 to 12 -percent increase in traffic from last year. We’re trying to get people to comply with the seat belt law.”

Green said many injuries and deaths from traffic crashes could be prevented with proper seat belt use.

“Most of our fatality collisions could have been prevented if people would buckle up and wear their seat belts,” Green said.

Troopers gathered at Pontotoc County Agri-plex at 1 p.m. and worked in Ada for about two hours. Afterwards, they separated and covered highways between Ada, Tishomingo and Pauls Valley. A no tolerance policy was in effect and no warnings were issued, only citations.

The event was initiated by OHP Troop F which covers Pontotoc, Garvin, Murray, Johnston, Carter, Love, and Marshall counties.

On Tuesday, troopers issued 50 seat belt tickets and 50 citations for other traffic violations.

Troop F conducted the same operation Monday leaving from Ardmore and covering an area from Tishomingo to Sulphur and Davis.

“We issued 46 seat belt tickets, 45 other contacts and had two arrests (Monday),” OHP Lieutenant Bret Sayre said.

OHP will also participate in a nationwide traffic enforcement campaign titled “Operation C.A.R.E.” - Combined Accident Reduction Effort. Troopers and state police throughout the United States will concentrate their enforcement activities toward alcohol-related offenses, speed, safety belts and child restraint usage.

Oklahoma will also play a significant role in the event “C.A.R.E. Across America.”

On Nov. 24, officials said there will be at least one state trooper every 15 miles on Interstate 40 and Interstate 35 from across Oklahoma.

This special enforcement campaign is intended to promote a high visibility emphasis and a “No Tolerance” policy for any type of violation, officials said.

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