Norman Police to Hold Operation Cadence on the Fourth of July

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 06/29/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

This Fourth of July, friends and family will travel to picnics and barbecues to celebrate America’s independence. While the Fourth of July is a time of celebration for most, the holiday can also create a devastating nightmare for
families who lose a loved one due to impaired driving.

For this reason, the Norman Police Department will be out in full force implementing its traffic safety enforcement project, Operation Cadence, with high-visibility enforcement in areas that will have an increased level of holiday travel based on Fourth of July festivities.

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 safe driving with an emphasis on reducing impaired driving.

“No one ever thinks that they will be the impaired driver that causes a crash. Unfortunately, the reality is that every individual who gets behind the wheel impaired risks not only their own life but the lives of everyone else on the roads,” said NPD Captain Brent Barbour. “The actions of those who choose to drive after consuming alcohol, using drugs, or taking impairing medications can, and all too often, have devastating consequences for themselves and others.”

During the 2015 Fourth of July holiday, 12 people died in collisions on Oklahoma roads. To stop impaired drivers and help save lives, Norman police will deploy three traffic projects on the Fourth of July. The projects will focus on
occupant protection, hazardous traffic violations, and impaired driving. Officers will show zero tolerance.

As you prepare to drive home from the festivities, keep in mind that even one drink can be one too many. If you are going to consume alcohol this holiday weekend, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. If impaired, call a taxi, friend, or family member to drive you home. But whatever you do, do not drink and drive. 

“There are many great alternatives to driving impaired,” said Captain Barbour. “Designate a sober driver, buckle up, and stay alert. The risks are simply not worth it.”

The Operation Cadence Enforcement Project is held in partnership with the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.