A record breaking number of people lost their lives in fatal crashes in Broken Arrow in 2012.
Officers with the Broken Arrow Police Department say 13 people died, a 10% increase from the year before.
Cops say a couple of reasons for the increase are mild weather and a growing population.
Starting Thursday there will be more officers on duty to crack down on speeders and seat belt violators.
Ed Ferguson, with BAPD, says, “We are out there enforcing the law. We are going to be out there in mass and when we see people that are committing violations, we are going to take the time to stop them. ”
Officers will be conducting a number of Special Traffic Operation’s, or STOP’s, in an effort to decrease crashes by reducing traffic violations.
Police will be out in uniform and undercover looking for every kind of traffic violation on the books.
A decrease in the number of accidents will affect everyone on the area.
Ferguson says, “Our agency is taking on the task of trying to reduce the devastation that we see from these traffic collisions and the losses that everyone has to pay for.”
Many of the extra officers will be cops who would normally not be on duty.
The money comes from a grant from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office.