NPD to Expand Operation Cadence along Interstate 35 this Labor Day Weekend

Date of Press Release: 
Thu, 08/30/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

This Labor Day weekend, families and friends will be celebrating the end 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.

During the 2016 Labor Day holiday weekend, 10 people died and 226 people were injured in collisions on Oklahoma roads.

For this reason, the Norman Police Department is expanding its traffic safety enforcement project, Operation Cadence, by working in partnership with law enforcement in communities along Interstate 35 this Labor Day Weekend. Officers with the Norman Police Department, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, and Purcell Police Department will take part in high-visibility responsible driving enforcement projects throughout the holiday 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 reducing impaired driving.

To stop impaired drivers and help save lives, Norman police will hold a checkpoint at an undisclosed location Saturday, as well as saturation patrols along Interstate 35 throughout Labor Day weekend. Officers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving.

As you prepare to take part in the weekend’s 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. 

The Operation Cadence Enforcement Project is held in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, the Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, Purcell Police Department, the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, ENDUI Oklahoma, and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Program.