Drive Sober & Safe this Labor Day Weekend

As residents and visitors embark on the roads to enjoy the holiday weekend, the Norman Police Department aims to remind motorists to drive sober and practice safe driving behaviors. NPD will partner with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to conduct high-visibility patrols and traffic enforcement projects across Norman. 

During the 2020 Labor Day weekend, six people died in collisions on Oklahoma roads. It is our goal to reduce these numbers to zero. 

Named in memory of Cadence Gordon, who was tragically killed in a collision caused by a driver under the influence of narcotics in Norman on Labor Day in 2013, the operation will focus on reducing impaired driving.

To stop impaired drivers and help save lives, Norman police will hold a checkpoint at an undisclosed location Saturday, as well as saturation patrols along Interstate 35 throughout Labor Day weekend. Officers will show zero tolerance for impaired driving.

As you prepare to take part in the weekend’s festivities, keep in mind that even one drink can be one too many. If you are going to consume alcohol this holiday weekend, plan ahead and designate a sober driver. If impaired, call a taxi, friend, or family member to drive you home. But whatever you do, do not drink and drive. 

Funding for Operation Cadence is provided in part by grants from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.