NPD to Hold Operation Cadence on Labor Day Weekend

Date of Press Release: 
Fri, 09/01/2017
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 2015 Labor Day holiday week, nine people died in collisions on Oklahoma roads. Six of the nine fatalities occurred in alcohol/drug-related crashes.

For this reason, the Norman Police Department will continue its traffic safety operation project, Operation Cadence, with a series of high-visibility responsible driving enforcement projects on Labor Day.

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 deploy saturation patrols across the city 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 Safety Office and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Program.