Law enforcement agencies band together to bring back "Click It or Ticket" for Memorial Day

TULSA - Law enforcement agencies around the state have a warning for drivers this Memorial Day weekend.

Numerous agencies joined together Saturday and Sunday to bring back the "Click It or Ticket" campaign, so drivers should expect to see extra police presence on some of the busiest travel days of the year.

The Tulsa Police Department kicked off the campaign Saturday night alongside several other local police departments as well as the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office and Oklahoma Highway Patrol. To keep drivers safe, more than 100 law enforcement members in the Tulsa metro area are checking for every kind of violation.

"They're looking for people not wearing seat belts," said Tulsa Police Chief Chuck Jordan. "They're looking for any kind of impaired driving. They're looking for obviously speed violations. That's often an indicator of possible alcohol use. They're going to be looking for all traffic violations."

Chief Jordan says he's surprised he still has to remind people to wear their seat belts.

"It's such a simple thing to put your seat belt on, and it's going to save your life," he said. "To me it's pretty unobtrusive. Maybe it's just because I've used mine for so long."

Chief Jordan rallied his officers as well as the deputies and state troopers Saturday evening ahead of the "Click It or Ticket" mobilization. He told everyone to remember that what they are doing may very well prevent a tragedy.

"In reality the thing we do the most that saves most of property damage and life is traffic enforcement," Chief Jordan said. "I want them to remember that and know that really somebody will do something tonight that will save somebody's life."

The "Click It or Ticket" mobilization runs from 7 p.m. on Saturday until 3 a.m. on Sunday.

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