TULSA, Oklahoma -- Tulsa Police issued a stern warning against using overpasses for winter activities like sledding. Highway and street overpasses "are extremely dangerous and should not be used for sledding," a news release announced.
Officer Leland Ashley said one of the main dangers is a collision with traffic.
"It's going to be hard for a driver to even try to stop, to avoid you," he said. "I think the key thing is to not do it around locations where there's traffic, whether it's a neighborhood street or highway."
Citizens can be issued citations for sledding on overpasses. Ashley said if people are sledding on overpasses, such as the cloverleaf intersections at U.S. Highway 169 and 71st or 81st Street, they could be cited for trespassing for being inside the fence line.
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