TROY, Ohio (WDTN) – Labor Day weekend is one of the most heavily traveled times of the year and local authorities want you to know that they’ll be out in full force, cracking down on impaired drivers.
“We just want people to be responsible and have a good time over the weekend but in the same sense we want to make sure the roadways are safe,” said Miami County Sheriff Major Steve Lord.
Taking part in the National “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over Campaign”, Miami County Sheriff’s deputies plan to work a combined 99 hours of overtime over the Labor Day weekend, funded by a grant the agency received from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services.
“It’s an effort to reduce traffic fatalities so we’ll be looking for impaired by alcohol and drug impaired drivers,” Lord said.
Passing through the Miami Valley, Linda Grivna is driving back home to Michigan. Before stopping for gas, she said she saw several vehicles pulled over and that’s why she’s taking things slow.
“Just being careful. Cause it’s packed out there. It’s busy. A busy weekend,” Grivna said.
Throughout Miami County, Lord says the sheriff’s office is adding three deputies to every shift, focusing its patrols on state and U.S. routes.
In 2013, four out of 10 fatal crashes over the Labor Day weekend involved a drunk driver, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Lord said, that statistic is disturbing.
“It’s upsetting not only to law enforcement but it’s upsetting to the community and the families of the person involved in a fatality,” said Lord. “We would like to get through the weekend and not have to deal with injuries, fatalities, any type of something that could have perhaps been prevented through just a little awareness.”
The grant also helps to cover fuel costs for deputy cruisers.