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Lawmen out in force ensuring safety first over holiday

OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Highway Patrolmen will be out in full force promoting safety first for everyone on the lakes and roads July 4.

Last year, the holiday claimed four lives in three crashes and four people drowned.

Patrolmen said they will have patrols throughout the metro.

They ask drivers to use extra caution in construction zones and be on the lookout for emergency vehicles.

If you’re planning a road trip, make sure you are prepared for a break down, flat tire or other roadside risks. 

Have plenty of water in your car just in case you get stranded. 

Officials said you should always travel with a cell phone and car charger.

You can call *55 for roadside emergencies. 

Authorities said they will also have patrols looking for drivers who have had too much to drink.

AAA is offering Tipsy Tow for the holiday.

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If you have had too much to drink, they will tow you and your car home.

Call (800) 222-4357 and ask for a Tipsy Tow.

Patrol officers said drivers should always:

  • Obey posted speed limits and rules of the road.
  • Be aware of roadway construction zones.
  • Driver sober and remain attentive.
  • Watch for emergency vehicles; slow down and change lanes for stationary emergency vehicles.
  • Inspect your vehicle for road worthiness during trip planning.
  • Prepare for breakdowns with proper spare tire, jack, lug wrench, emergency equipment and extra drinking water.
  • Always travel with a cell phone and car charger.
  • Call *55 on your mobile phone for roadside emergencies.

The Marine Enforcement Division will be holding a special emphasis on Lake Eufaula while looking for operators who are under the influence.

To be safe on lakes and waterways:

  • State law requires a personal floatation device for everyone in a watercraft.
  • Everyone 12-years-old and younger must wear a floatation device while inside the vessel.
  • Never enter the water if you have been drinking or become intoxicated.
  • Do not allow inexperienced boaters to operate watercraft while unattended.
  • State law requires vessel registration, a functioning fire extinguisher and a horn while on the water.