There is a stretch of road in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, which has seen more than its fair share of accidents. This horrible track record has prompted Oklahoma State Troopers to posted special reflective warning signs in the area and designated that stretch of road as a ‘safety corridor’ as a way of alerting drivers they are in a hazardous area.

The reasons why any particular stretch of road is more dangerous for drivers than any other stretch of road always come down to the same three things: location, location, location. Roads which have poor lighting, are rural in nature, or perhaps cross through congested urban areas are likely candidates for being more dangerous. Also, roads which are more at risk of environmental conditions, such as blowing wind or flooding can also suddenly become more dangerous than the road just a few miles ahead of you.

Drivers in Oklahoma and everywhere need to be alert for changing road conditions and take the road warning signs they sign seriously. If a warning sign has been put in place somewhere you can bet it was put there for a good reason; likely because that stretch of road has seen too many crashes (more than the average) and public safety officials feel drivers could fix the problem if they paid more attention to specific hazards.

The program kicked off about a month ago, and is set to run throughout the summer. Oklahoma Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. George Brown said troopers have increased their manpower locally to three per shift along the corridors during high-traffic periods….Brown said the next heavy influx of trooper presence will be during the five-day span covering the July 4 holiday. The additional troopers are paid for through a federal grant, which is funneled to the OHP through the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.

Highways included in the corridor include sections of State Highways 10, 51, and 82, and U.S. Highway 62. All are marked by large yellow signs, which tell drivers where the corridor begins and ends.

Oklahoma Scenic Rivers Commission Capt. Bill James, ranger supervisor, said the program has been an “outstanding” resource for S.H. 10 and its high summer traffic.