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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Fourth of July enforcements planned

  • While everyone will be focusing on celebrating the Fourth of July, police, who also will be working extra traffic and lake patrols, remind area residents that fireworks are illegal in the Shawnee city limits.
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  • While everyone will be focusing on celebrating the Fourth of July, police, who also will be working extra traffic and lake patrols, remind area residents that fireworks are illegal in the Shawnee city limits.
    Shawnee Police Chief Russell Frantz said fireworks are illegal under city code, with violations carrying a $149 fine. Police also will confiscate fireworks.
    “We want families to enjoy a safe holiday — please enjoy one of the many safe fireworks displays,” the chief said.
    The department also will have extra officers on traffic safety and lake patrols this weekend at the Shawnee Twin Lakes.
    Oklahoma state troopers also are preparing for the annual Independence Day holiday weekend by participating in several special emphasis programs aimed at curbing fatal and serious injury crashes and water related deaths.
    “Our troopers will be highly visible this Fourth of July weekend in an attempt to reduce collisions and dangerous behaviors both on our roads and waterways throughout the state,” said Col. Ricky Adams, chief of patrol. “Troopers will conduct DUI special emphasis and saturation patrols while looking for violations of law that contribute to collisions every day,” said Adams.
    Violations such as: Speeding, inattentive driving, failing to wear safety belts, failing to properly restrain children in child safety seats, failing to wear personal floatation devices, and operating motor vehicles and vessels while under the influence of intoxicants or alcohol will be enforced.
    Statewide, there were four deaths from motor vehicle collisions and two deaths from drowning during the July 4, 2013, reporting period.
    Operation C.A.R.E. (Combined Accident Reduction Effort) and Operation Dry Water will be in effect over the weekend. Both special emphasis programs are expected to increase safety on Oklahoma roadways and waterways over America's Independence Day holiday.
    The Oklahoma Highway Patrol encourages people to report dangerous drivers or boat operators by calling *55 from any mobile device.
     
     
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