Extra enforcement on road for holidays

Staff Reports

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office has deployed extra deputies through Sunday, March 19 for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

St. Patrick’s Day usually sees an increase in alcohol consumption so deputies will be focused on removing impaired drivers from the roadways, according to Sheriff Dave Duchak. Deputies will be targeting routes with a high rate of impaired driving arrests and also routes with high rates of crashes during the extra enforcement. No warnings will be issued during those time frames, he said.

Duchak asks residents who choose to drink to be reminded to have a designated driver who is sober or risk being arrested.

The extra traffic enforcement is made possible through a grant the sheriff’s office received late last year from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. The grant funds all overtime and some fuel costs.