Beginning this weekend, Tulsa Police will have extra officers on patrol in an effort to cut down on traffic accidents between commercial trucks and passenger vehicles.
The effort is part of a national campaign titled, "Share the Road."
Tulsa Police say from 2004 through 2006, in the United States, 15,470 people were killed in crashes involving at least one large truck, and 336, 000 people were injured in large truck crashes. During the same period, 1,242,000 large trucks were involved in crashes.
Over 70 % of the deaths and injuries in these three years were a result of large truck crashes with passenger vehicles.
Beginning Saturday and continuing through Friday April 25, Tulsa Police officers will be monitoring the highways and expressways throughout Tulsa to help decrease these statistics from happening in Tulsa.
Police say through a grant with the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, officers will be working overtime shifts on the lookout for Commercial Motor Vehicles as well as passenger vehicles that violate the driving laws of the city of Tulsa.
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