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Troopers out for holiday in full force for holiday wekend

Updated: Thursday, July 3 2014, 12:50 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – Only hours into the holiday weekend all-out enforcement effort, it was hard not to notice the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s presence if you were traveling in and around Belmont County for the 4th of July.
“We've scheduled 100 percent of our troopers to be on the road this holiday weekend,” Lt. James Faunda of the OSHP said. “In addition to that, I've used over 100 hours of federal overtime to supplement the on-duty troopers,”
It's certainly paying off for troopers -- and forcing law breakers to pay up -- as Faunda is already reporting staggering numbers.
"Just in the first 4 hours, we've written about 75 tickets (Thursday) morning," Faunda said.
Faunda says the OSHP expects more people to hit the road this Independence Day weekend. With that, troopers are also anticipating an increase in OVI arrests.
"We expect because of the way that the holiday fell on a Friday, it's going to be one of our busiest July 4th's in several years," Faunda said.
But it's more than statistics. The patrol is about safety and saving lives -- maybe, even, your own.
"Slow down, (and) take the time to arrive to your destination safely because the troopers will be watching," Faunda said.
Faunda also says, of course, designate a driver if you plan on drinking alcohol this weekend and wear your seatbelts. More than half of those killed in motor vehicle crashes are not wearing seat buckles.

Troopers out for holiday in full force for holiday wekend

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