NPD Continues Operation Cadence on Memorial Day Weekend

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 05/25/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

This Memorial Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the start of the summer. Sadly, this festive time is a dangerous time for Oklahoma’s roads, as many impaired drivers get behind the wheel after celebrating.

For this reason, the Norman Police Department will continue its traffic safety enforcement project, Operation Cadence, with a series of high-visibility enforcement projects throughout Memorial Day 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 safe driving with an emphasis on reducing impaired driving.

“It is our hope that Cadence’s story illustrates the real-life consequences of driving a vehicle while impaired,” said NPD Lt. Jeff Robertson. “Cadence was a beautiful, vibrant, fun-loving, and intelligent eight-year-old at the time of the crash. She was killed way too soon by someone who chose to drive impaired on a busy holiday.”

During the 2015 Memorial Day holiday weekend, eight people died in collisions on Oklahoma roads. To stop impaired drivers and help save lives, Norman police will deploy various traffic projects focused on occupant protection, hazardous traffic violations, and a checkpoint to target impaired driving. Officers 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, friend, or family member to drive you home. But whatever you do, do not drink and drive. 

The Operation Cadence Enforcement Project is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and ENDUI Oklahoma.