Extra deputies on patrol for holiday weekend

Staff Reports

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra deputies throughout the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend working more than 80 hours of overtime at various time frames to strictly enforce all Ohio traffic statutes, according to Sheriff Dave Duchak. The extra enforcement has already commenced with special emphasis being placed on removing drunk and drugged drivers from area roadways. The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign runs through Monday, Sept. 4.

Drunk driving is one of America’s deadliest crimes, Duchak said. Two of three drivers involved in fatal crashes between the hours of midnight and 3 a.m. were drunk, he said. More than 10,000 people die each year at the hands of drunk drivers which is equivalent to 20 jumbo jets crashing each year.

For these reasons, the Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be joining with thousands of other law enforcement agencies across the nation this Labor Day holiday to take part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on impaired drivers.

The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving crackdown is a prevention program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

The extra deputies are being funded by a grant the sheriff’s office received late last year from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, according to Duchak. The grant pays for the overtime the deputies accrue during the enforcement campaign and some fuel costs.

For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

“We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor day weekend,” Duchak said.