BA Police Begin Stops To Drop Crashes

Broken Arrow Police will be conducting new traffic enforcement sweeps to deal with an increase in the number of traffic collisions.

In 2012, Broken Arrow had 13 traffic deaths, a new record.

Police also report a 10% increase in traffic collisions and a 14% increase in the number of people injured in crashes.

Police say a number of factors may be to blame including the growth of their community, the improving economy and gas prices and mild weather.

Beginning Thursday, the department began working on seat belt enforcement near the intersections of Elm Place and New Orleans as well as Elm and Kenosha.

"If we can't stop crashes we can at least reduce the number of people being hurt or killed in these crashes," said Sgt. Ed Ferguson.

The traffic enforcement sweeps will continue for several months and also focus on speeding and drivers without licenses or insurance.

Grant money from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office is helping pay for the effort.