Extra enforcement on the roads

Staff report

MIAMI COUNY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra deputies working a combined 60 hours in overtime for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday weekend, according to a press release from Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak. The extra enforcement efforts have already started, he said.

The extra deputies will conclude the traffic enforcement details on Sunday, Dec. 1. Duchak said the added enforcement will be for the sole purpose of enforcing all Ohio traffic statutes. Special emphasis will be placed on removing impaired drivers, seat belt enforcement, speeders, stop sign violators, and other crash causing infractions.

The deputies will be deployed throughout the county at various time frames.

“There will be a zero tolerance for violators during this time frame in an attempt to limit crashes on Miami County roadways and ensure everyone has a safe Thanksgiving holiday,” said Duchak, who said the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has traditionally seen a dramatic increase in crashes and crashes in which at least one driver has been drinking.

“We urge all motorists to have a designated driver if they choose to drink over the holidays,” he said.

The extra traffic enforcement is being made possible through a grant the sheriff’s office received this year from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office, he said. The grant funds the overtime for the deputies and pays some fuel costs.

“My staff and I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving holiday,” Duchak said.