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OHP Troopers Graded on Number of Tickets Given
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers are now being graded on how many tickets they write and the number of arrests they make.
It's part of a new localized goal oriented program started by OHP. "We have gotten away from standardizing evaluations, throughout the state because we know that each troop, each geographical area is different, " Captain George Brown with OHP said.
Although each area is different Brown says in metro areas like Oklahoma City, Troopers should have 10 contacts or tickets per trooper per shift. "This is our initial measuring stick, these numbers can change," Captain Brown said.
Those tickets are not necessarily monetary citations, they can also be warnings, even helping a motorist. Brown says these numerical goals were found using data from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.
The goals do not sit well with all drivers.
"I think there is a gray area," driver Eliza Mae said. Mae recently got a speeding ticket she believes was unfair. She hopes troopers don't forget about extenuation circumstances when trying to meet these new goals,"You need to put everything under consideration," Mae said.
Troopers who do not meet their goals can work with their supervisors, Captain Brown says if a goal proves to be too high or low, it will likely be changed next year.
Posted: Monday, February 18 2013, 09:43 PM CST
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Safe room mandates remain rare in tornado states
May 24, 2013 07:24 GMT
By DAVID A. LIEB Associated Press
MOORE, Okla. (AP) -- When a deadly tornado tore through the central Oklahoma city of Moore, many survivors emerged from their storm shelters to see their homes blown away.
The mayor suggested that storm shelters should perhaps be mandated for new homes. But that may be hard sell.
But not a single state currently requires storm shelters in new homes. And not even many communities do so.
Costs remain a deterrent despite the life-saving potential of personal storm shelters. So, too, does a general resistance to government mandates in politically conservative states in the nation's heartland where tornadoes are most prevalent.
Instead of a stick, Oklahoma currently offers a carrot to build storm shelters. It uses federal funds to award $2,000 rebates to residents who win a special storm-shelter lottery.
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