Police will raise enforcement of traffic violations over 4th of July weekendWritten by Betsy Woodruff | | firstname.lastname@example.org
More Toledo police officers will be on the streets during the Fourth of July weekend to enforce traffic laws, especially speeding and drunken driving.
Sgt. Albert Papenfus said with parties, fireworks, four-day weekends and more drivers on the road, increased enforcement is necessary.
He said car accident rates go up during Independence Day weekend.
The patrol cars, working with laser/radar, will focus on areas with histories of traffic violations and fatal accidents, including Alexis Road, Reynolds Road, Airport Highway and the expressway.
Papenfus said drivers should be sure to assign designated drivers and wear their seatbelts. In an accident on the expressway, a woman who died after being thrown from her car would have walked away with a few bumps and bruises if she had worn her seatbelt, he said.
A grant from the State of Ohio Department of Public Safety funds the enforcement blitz. It also pays for increased traffic enforcement during other busy times of the year, including prom season, graduation season and various holidays.