Created on Thursday, 23 May 2013 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Local law enforcement officials are ramping up traffic enforcement efforts this week through June 2 as part of the national Click It or Ticket campaign through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Additional patrol units from the Logan County Sheriff’s Office, Bellefontaine Police Department, Ohio State Highway Patrol and other agencies will be on roads throughout the county looking for various violations in the light of the upcoming Memorial Day weekend.
Officers will be focusing on seat belt usage, distracted driving, aggressive driving and impaired driving, all to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and deaths, Deputy Jeff Anspach of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office said.
“Hopefully we will see a reduction of crashes and alcohol-related crashes. We’re patrolling during times of heavier traffic on our roadways, especially at the resort area of Indian Lake.”
According to the NHTSA, 3,341 lives could have been saved in 2010 if those motorists had been wearing their seat belts. Also, 62 percent of 18-24 year olds killed in rural crashes at night were not wearing their seat belts.
Similar enforcement efforts will be conducted during the other two major summer holidays — July 4th and Labor Day weekend.