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OKLAHOMA CITY - As the rain poured down Friday evening, Oklahoma County Sheriff's Deputy Kelcey Frazier sat on the side of a busy road, watching the cars go by.

His radar guns beeped and buzzed as he kept his eye out for reckless drivers - and not necessarily the people going over the speed limit.

"[We're] making sure they're not driving what we call 'too fast for road conditions,'" Frazier said.

When the pavement gets slick, Frazier said he has to be especially diligent when watching the roads.

Often, he said, he likes to sit in plain view for drivers - his way of reminding them to slow down and be careful - even though the common belief is officers are hiding, looking for a "gotcha" ticket.

"A lot of times, you sit in places just to be seen, visible to people," he said. "Just that alone makes people slow down. And, the next time they come through, they don't know if you're sitting there or not. We'd rather be seen, because you deter a lot more being seen than hiding."

Frazier is fine with drivers flashing their lights in warning, as long as they get other drivers to slow down.

Frazier is more concerned with flooding in the rural area he patrols on the northwest side of the city.

He said they're more prone to high water than highways.

If he sees the water rise, he marks it down and checks back later.

"The worse the conditions out there, the higher the chances for an accident," he said, "So, you try to be a little more diligent."

Frazier also patrols the neighborhoods, looking for any cars pulled over to the side of the road, which may be in distress.

"You're more likely to run into someone who may need your assistance, rather than being stationary," he said.

Drivers can help by reporting other motorists who are driving recklessly.

In the meantime, Frazier will do his best to serve as a visual reminder in rainy conditions.

"That's what it's all about, just public safety," Frazier said. "If I can sit at one of those intersections where we normally have traffic collisions in high volume and prevent that, that's a win for me."