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Crime/Courts

May 2, 2012

Road safety campaign nets 15 traffic citations, three arrests

NORMAN — Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies conducted 79 traffic stops Friday as they enforced the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “More Cops. More Stops” road safety campaign.

Contacts resulted in 15 citations. Three people were arrested.

The traffic enforcement program kicked off April 20 and concluded Sunday. The extra enforcement was aimed at making roads safer for citizens across the country.

Deputies caught motorists not wearing seat belts, speeding and driving while impaired.

According to the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, about 500 people died in Oklahoma highway crashes in 2010. Around 60 percent were not wearing seat belts.

Data released by the highway safety office shows that in 2010, 33 percent of the state’s fatalities in motor vehicle wrecks involved alcohol-impaired driving. About 28 percent of highway fatality collisions were related to speeding, according to the highway safety office.

The highway safety office reported that Oklahoma was one of two states that participated in the safety campaign.

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