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The Shawnee News-Star
  • ‘More Cops More Stops’ planned this weekend

  • Area law enforcement officers are participating in the “More Cops More Stops” campaign this weekend, so drivers should expect extra patrols and possibly even some driver safety checkpoints.
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    Area law enforcement officers are participating in the “More Cops More Stops” campaign this weekend, so drivers should expect extra patrols and possibly even some driver safety checkpoints.
    The campaign began Friday and continues through Aug. 4.
    In an effort to save lives, Shawnee police, Pottawatomie County sheriff’s deputies, along with tribal police and state troopers, will watch for those driving while drunk, not using seat belts or violating basic safety laws.
    “We’ll be concentrating on the safety corridors and other parts of the county,” said Pottawatomie County Undersheriff Travis Palmer.
    Safety corridor areas in Pottawatomie County include SH 18 north of Interstate 40, U.S. 177 through Tecumseh, along with I-40 from Shawnee to McLoud.
    The campaign and its efforts are designed to help save lives. In 2011, more than 500 passenger vehicle occupants died in traffic crashes in Oklahoma. More than half of were not wearing seat belts at the time of the accident that claimed their life.
    Palmer said area motorists are reminded to buckle up and watch their speeds as their will be roving patrols as checkpoints.
    Deputies are planning more emphasis today and again on Aug. 2, he said.
    Shawnee police will participate in the efforts throughout the campaign.
    During a recent routine patrol of a safety corridor, Shawnee officers stopped a driver that was speeding 14 mph over limit. The vehicle had no license plate, the driver’s license was under suspension and police found drugs in the vehicle.
     
     

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