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Gov. Perry, Gov. Henry Stress Traffic Safety For Texas-OU Weekend

Texas Beef, Oklahoma Flour At Stake In Annual Red River Shootout

Wednesday, October 08, 2003  •  Austin, Texas  •  Press Release

As part of the annual Red River rivalry weekend, Texas Gov. Rick Perry today joined with Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry to stress highway traffic safety for fans heading to Dallas on Saturday when the University of Texas Longhorns battle the University of Oklahoma Sooners.

Perry and Henry have recorded a safety public service announcement that will air this week on Austin, Dallas and Oklahoma radio stations. The announcement, which was a cooperative effort of the Texas Department of Transportation and the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office, is targeted at the thousands of drivers from both states traveling to Dallas for the game.

"Texas and Oklahoma may have a huge rivalry on the football field, but our states are united in the ongoing effort to promote traffic safety," Perry said. "The Click It or Ticket message is an important one to remember not only for Texas-OU weekend, but every time you get behind the wheel."

"Traffic safety is certainly something upon which we all agree," Henry said. "The Click It or Ticket campaign can help ensure that this upcoming OU-Texas game weekend is a safe and sound one for fans on both sides of the Red River."

Perry and Henry also announced details of the governors' traditional friendly wager on the game. Perry has put up a side (approximately 325 pounds) of home-grown beef furnished by the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association versus 150 pounds of Oklahoma flour from the Shawnee Milling Company.

"No matter the sport, bragging rights are always at stake when Texas and Oklahoma clash," Perry said. "Football is king in Texas, and the Longhorns should prove that convincingly Saturday in Dallas."

"I'll be sure to get the grill ready for all that Texas beef that will be coming once the Sooners prevail this weekend," Henry said. "While I certainly applaud Gov. Perry for his loyalty to the Longhorns, I am confident that Coach Stoops and his Sooners will make it another banner day for the Crimson and Cream."

This year's game marks the 98th meeting of the two schools. The University of Texas holds a 55-37-5 lead in a football series that has taken place in Dallas every year since 1929.

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