A rise in deadly collisions and harm crashes has the Tulsa Police Division ramping up site visitors cease efforts, particularly on highways, the place greater speeds improve the danger of dying in an accident.
Paul Madden, site visitors security officer for TPD, instructed the Tulsa World the town’s common variety of harm crashes had been 45 however that the quantity has elevated to greater than 70 previously few years. Nineteen individuals have been killed in Tulsa crashes final 12 months, he stated.
Apart from seeing extra dashing and lane security issues, Madden stated the “solely factor we are able to put our finger on that’s completely different” is the pandemic.
The place of site visitors security officer hadn’t been staffed on the Tulsa Police Division since 2014, he stated. He took on the job within the fall and has taken energetic measures to implement protected driving in Tulsa.
The police are focusing on areas with probably the most site visitors and main highways within the metropolis.
“The person Visitors Unit, Patrol Division, they’re utilizing their time to focus on particular shifting violation areas and write a bunch of ticket violations,” Madden stated. “Particularly, final week the Riverside Division did a dashing enforcement group effort on the Damaged Arrow Expressway and wrote a bunch of tickets in a few hours.”