Agencies team up to prevent fatal crashes

Woman struck by vehicle in Dayton (WDTN Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — Local, county and state law enforcement agencies are teaming up in hopes of prevent OVI-related traffic deaths.

The Safe Communities Through Aggressive Traffic Enforcement, or SCATE initiative, is aimed at bringing a larger police presence on the roads.

It comes in the wake of a deadly year on Miami Valley roads. Officials say there have been nine more fatal crashes in Montgomery County so far this year than in 2014.

In the City of Dayton, the number of fatal accidents has doubled from 2014, from eight to 16. More than half of those accidents were OVI-related.

The initiative will bring Dayton Police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and the Ohio State Highway Patrol together. They’ll be targeting areas they know that see a larger number of OVI arrests.

The initiative begins Friday, and runs through the end of 2015.

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