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Traffic Talk: On Oklahoma streets and highways, officers are watching you

Don Gammill: Exercise good sense, awareness while driving on Labor Day, and stay sober.
By Don Gammill, Staff Writer Modified: September 1, 2014 at 7:00 am •  Published: September 1, 2014

Happy Labor Day everyone. Here’s hoping you’re enjoying it and those who have the day off are doing so safely.

To all in our country who labor, this one’s for you.

Now, if you’re on the road this long holiday weekend, remember that you’re under the watchful eye of law enforcement officers throughout Oklahoma as well as other states as they participate in a nationwide program to get impaired drivers off the roadways. Don’t be surprised if you see a checkpoint — or two, or three.

The emphasis is on making travel safer for all of us by stopping those who drive when they are impaired. Many of those officers you see on the roads — and lakes — are giving up a day off so you can enjoy yours.

In other areas ...

Here are a couple of questions from readers about locations where they have concerns.

Here’s a question from C.L. about the construction at Western Avenue and Danforth.

Don, have you heard anything on why construction on Danforth and Western in all directions has stopped? It seems as though there has been no activity there for weeks. A person almost needs a 4WD vehicle to enter and exit the Sonic on Western, just south of the intersection. In addition to the traffic problems, Sonic’s business has to be really down because of this.

Here’s your answer to the first part, C.L.

Shannon Cox, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma City Public Works Department, says city crews have begun paving the Pennsylvania Avenue intersection “and will continue toward the east. It will take about one month to get all the concrete poured. The Sonic drive will be fixed when the street is paved.”

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