BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Drivers navigating through Broken Arrow in the coming months may find themselves stopped by police due to a campaign to reduce traffic-related fatalities.
Police on Wednesday began implementing a crash reduction program called Special Traffic Operations, or STOPs, where regular and plain-clothes officers will be posted at different locations to enforce seat belt, insurance, speed limit, driver's license and traffic signal laws.
Police said the goal of the program to continue through February is to apprehend high risk drivers as well as to deter to improper driving behavior, all to reduce the number of traffic-related deaths which increased by nearly 10 percent overall last year.
Last year Broken Arrow saw 13 deaths in 12 collisions, according to police.
The number of people injured in crashes in Broken Arrow rose as well – by 14 percent.
On duty and off-duty officers will conduct STOPs for the next few weeks using grant funding from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
Wednesday afternoon officers checked seat belts on Elm Place at the New Orleans and Kenosha intersections.