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State briefs for May 17


Click It or Ticket campaign begins Monday

The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office and Oklahoma law enforcement remind drivers to use their seat belt as the busy travel season approaches. The annual Click It or Ticket campaign begins Monday and runs to June 2, aimed at enforcing seat belt use to keep families safe.

“We cannot overstate the importance of wearing a seat belt," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Commissioner Rusty Rhoades. "It’s the law, but it’s more than that. By far, buckling up is the simplest thing you can do to limit injury or save your life during a crash."

In 2017, 231 people were killed in crashes on Oklahoma roadways who were not buckled up, and another 1,479 people were injured.

During the Click It or Ticket campaign, law enforcement agencies will be taking a no-excuses approach to seat belt law enforcement, writing citations day and night.


Author to discuss Angie Debo book

Author and historian Patricia Loughlin will discuss her recent children’s book “Angie Debo: Daughter of the Prairie” at 7 p.m. June 4 at the Museum of the Western Prairie, 1100 Memorial Drive.

Utilizing excerpts from Debo’s childhood diary, Loughlin provides an inspiring account of the life of Angie Debo, who served as a teacher, curator, pastor, librarian, historian and author. The book chronicles her early years in Marshall, Oklahoma Territory, growing up on a farm with her parents and going to the local school.

This presentation is free, and refreshments will be served. It is hosted by the Western Trail Historical Society. For more information, call 580-482-1044.


Class for counselors, psychologists set at Arcadia Trails

A free class for licensed counselors and psychologists will be presented from 9 a.m. to noon May 31 at Arcadia Trails, 4851 Integris Parkway.

The instructor will be Nancy Bailey, Ph.D, who has more than 20 years experience working with adults affected by substance use disorder and trauma-related issues. The training is based on the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction model and will include integration of MBSR into therapeutic practices, ethics and practitioners’ guidelines for use of MBSR, and exercises that can be used with clients.

Participants can earn three ethics continuing education credits approved by the Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association. Space is limited. Go to to register.

Staff reports