State Highway 33 Safety Corridor Set to Begin Feb. 25

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February 20, 2019


Cody McDonell
Communications Manager
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"“This is the first time in my almost 30 year career that I’ve seen a collaborative environment where the industry, law enforcement, first responders and educators are all working together”
Rusty Rhoades
DPS Commissioner

State Highway 33 Safety Corridor
set to begin Feb. 25

The Energize for Safety Coalition, including representatives from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Oklahoma Department of Transportation, local energy companies and law enforcement, is excited to announce the beginning of the 25-mile State Highway 33 (SH-33) Safety Corridor in Blaine and Kingfisher counties.

“The designation and success of the highway safety corridor is a collaborative effort of the industry, state agencies, law enforcement, non-profit and community leaders all who believe that we can drive safety together,” said Tom Robins, Founder and President of the Energize for Safety Coalition.

“Members of the Energize for Safety Coalition believe that in Oklahoma, communities where energy is developed and transported, everyone plays a role in safety,” said Robins.

“Many members of the oil and gas industry not only work in this area but live in those communities as well. They have a vested interest in joining other stakeholders to focus on putting the resources in the area and making sure we’re all working together to keep it safe,” said Commissioner Rusty Rhoades of the Oklahoma Department of Public Safety.

The focus of the safety corridor will be to reduce the rate and severity level of the crashes along this 25-mile stretch of SH-33. This area, along with others in these counties, has the highest rate of fatality crashes involving large trucks in Oklahoma.

“It takes hundreds of yards for an 8,000 pound semi going the speed limit to stop.  This is an opportunity to educate other drivers about how these large trucks operate,” said Rhoades.