Stillwater News Press

October 4, 2013

Effectiveness of safety corridor remains to be seen

By Megan Sando
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Most drivers have seen the safety corridor signs warning “zero tolerance.”

A stretch of road in Stillwater ranks No. 5 for alcohol-related collisions in the state, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation

This corridor begins at Sixth and Perkins, and travels south to State Highway 33.

Authorities who have established the corridors have yet to ascertain whether the safety enforcements are effective in reducing accidents.

“It  has to make a difference,” said Garry Thomas, Oklahoma Highway Safety Office director.

Unlike safety zones in Colorado and California where state laws issue double fines, Oklahoma focuses on education and visibility instead.

Legislative action has not been able to secure double fines for infractions like speeding, lane changes or not using blinkers, Glabas said.

Instead, the goal is to enforce extra patrol until collision data can be collected.

“If it looks good, we’ll go forward with it,” Glabas said.

Thomas said overall, DUI’s and serious accidents have increased across the nation.

“We’re trying to determine effectiveness in these three years,” he said. “(It is) one of many projects we do to reduce traffic accidents. We hope it works.”