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Saturation Patrols-Keeping Roadways Safer


Sherry Bowers

The Ponca City Police Department ended the campaign “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” National Campaign by conducting saturated patrol on Friday evening into Saturday morning.  The campaign ran through the summer travel season beginning Memorial Day weekend and running through Labor Day weekend.

With the reward of financial assistance through the competitive grant process offered annually by the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, the Ponca City Police Department has been the recipient for several years.  The PCPD uses these funds to purchase equipment or to pay overtime for officers during special enforcement efforts.

Within a six hour period on Friday September 2 and into the early morning hours of Saturday September 3 a total of 44 citations were written.  Ten citations were written for defective equipment,  nine citations were written for failing to come to a complete stop at a stop sign, six citations were written to drivers for no insurance and two drivers were written citations for driving under suspension.  One driver was cited for no driver’s license issued, three citations were issued for improper turns, one driver did not have their license in possession at the time.  Officers wrote citations to drivers for expired license plates, three drivers were written for improper lane use, one driver was cited for failing to change their address on their driver’s license and six drivers were issued speeding tickets.