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OHSP beefing up Labor Day patrols

Updated: Thursday, August 28 2014, 05:24 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – If you're trying to wring those last few drops out of summer over the Labor Day weekend, be prepared for traffic as new AAA reports show a surge in holiday travelers.
As a result, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is beefing up staff in anticipation of holiday traffic as nationwide 34.7 million Americans are expected to hit the roads. According to AAA Ohio, travel between Thursday and Monday is expected to hit its highest levels in several years as 1.4 million Ohioans hit the roads.
At the St. Clairsville post alone, this year's summer holidays have proved highly successful.
"The last few summer holidays, we've been extremely busy,” Lt. James Faunda of the OHSP said. “This holiday will be no different."
On July 4, troopers touted more than 1,100 traffic stops, with 10 OVI arrests, and more than 900 citations. And most importantly, zero fatalities.
Going on two months later, the strategy for Labor Day largely remains the same.
"We're using federal overtime to supplement the troopers that are already going to be on the roadway,” Faunda said. “And, as always during the summer holidays, we schedule 100 percent of the troopers to be on the roadways"
And as for that increase in the sheer volume of traffic, “We expect more people to take to the roads, and with that we'll see an increase in aggressive driving, speed offenses as well as impaired drivers,” Faunda said.
For the state patrol, enforcement begins at midnight running all the way through Monday.

OHSP beefing up Labor Day patrols

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