NPD Continues Operation Cadence on St. Patrick’s Day

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 03/16/2017
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

This Friday, people will come together to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Sadly, this festive time can be 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 operation, Operation Cadence, with a series of high-visibility responsible driving enforcement projects this St. Patrick’s Day.

Named in memory of Cadence Gordon who was tragically killed in a collision caused by an impaired driver in Norman 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 Norman Police Department 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.”

To stop impaired drivers and help save lives, Norman police will deploy saturation patrols across the city on St. Patrick’s Day. Officers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving.

If you are going to consume alcohol this St. Patrick’s Day, 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 and ENDUI Oklahoma.