Patrols added for holiday road safety

Clark deputies, Springfield police land grant for Thanksgiving week program.

Clark County Sheriff’s Office and Springfield Police Division officials are placing additional officers on roadways throughout the Thanksgiving holiday season to promote safe driving.

The extra patrols begin today.

The additional patrols are designed to increase safety on the roads during a busy holiday season, law enforcement officials said.

“Officers will be patrolling for drivers who are under the influence, speeding and driving recklessly,” Springfield Police Lt. Tom Zawada said.

The effort by the police division and the sheriff’s will be funded through a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, officials said.

In addition to speeding, the Clark County Sheriff’s Office will focus its efforts on seat belt enforcement, according to Lt. Dustin White.

“Deputies will enforce a zero-tolerance policy for these violations,” White said in a statement.

Zawada said the traffic safety grant is awarded to agencies based on fatal crashes.

He said agencies also can apply for grants for extra patrols around Labor Day and the Super Bowl.

Zawada said officials hope the additional patrols during the holiday season will have an effect on the driving habits of area motorists.

“We think there’s a direct correlation between positive enforcement and the results,” Zawada said.

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