Consider yourself warned.
If you’re planning on getting your kicks Friday on Route 66, you had better have your seat belt fastened.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office says law enforcement officers from more than 50 Oklahoma agencies are joining forces that day to crack down on seat belt violators along Oklahoma’s “Mother Road.”
They will have a 24-hour effort, beginning at midnight, with the theme of “Get Your ‘Clicks’ on Route 66.”
This is labeled “high visibility enforcement” and will run all 400 miles, border-to-border, on Oklahoma’s portion of the famed highway. There will be “saturation patrols” and various checkpoints along the route.
You say this all sounds familiar? It should. This is the fourth in an ongoing series of crackdowns, scheduled at least once a quarter, on Route 66 (now labeled State Highway 66).
Among those agencies participating will be sheriff’s offices, municipal police departments, tribal agencies and, of course, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol.
In a news release announcing the latest crackdown, Patrol Lt. Garrett Vowell, who organized the program, said: “We’re looking forward to another great event. This is one way of bringing Oklahoma’s seat belt law to everyone’s attention on a regular basis, and that’s a good thing. We want all drivers and passengers to be as safe as possible.”
You also should be aware, Vowell said, that officers will be watching for child passenger seat violations and educating drivers about appropriate child restraints. If you don’t know the law, you will learn.
State law requires all drivers and front-seat passengers to wear safety belts. The driver also is responsible for ensuring that children age 12 and under are restrained in accordance with Oklahoma’s child passenger safety laws.
“We want everyone to buckle up — every trip, every time, day and night, all across the state,” Vowell said, “and if drivers forget, we will be there to remind them that seat belts save lives.”
Count on it.