NPD to Hold Holiday Safety Enforcement Projects

Date of Press Release: 
Wed, 11/21/2018
Press Release By: 
Sarah Jensen

As shoppers flood local stores to take advantage of Black Friday deals, the Norman Police Department will be out in full force implementing the start of its holiday safety enforcement project, Operation Cadence. The safety project focuses on high-visibility enforcement in areas that will have an increased level of holiday travel and shopping activities.

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, reducing impaired driving, and limiting key property crimes in shopping areas.

During the 2016 Thanksgiving weekend, 624 crashes occurred on Oklahoma roads. Five of those crashes were fatal, and
twenty percent of the fatalities were alcohol or drug-related. To stop impaired drivers and eliminate other social harms, Norman police will deploy safety enforcement projects through the end of December. Patrons can expect an increased presence of officers focused on occupant protection, hazardous traffic violations, impaired driving, and deterrence of crimes such as larceny and robbery. Officers will show zero tolerance.

This holiday season, the Norman Police Department encourages residents to keep in mind the following safety tips:

  • Do not drink and drive. If you are going to consume alcohol, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. If impaired, call a taxi, friend, or family member to drive you home.
  • Buckle up.
  • Practice attentive driving. Avoid using your cell phone while behind the wheel.
  • Watch your speed! Always obey the posted speed limit.
  • Drive confidently, not aggressively.
  • Hide valuables inside your vehicle. Lock your car. Take your keys.

The Operation Cadence holiday safety enforcement projects are held in partnership with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.