Law enforcement launches Route 68 safety blitz (Audio included)
3/31/2014 6:17:11 PM
By Bill Tipple
Law enforcement from Logan, Champaign, Hardin, and Hancock counties are teaming up to increase safety on Route 68.
The Logan County Sheriff's Office hosted a kickoff for the safety initiative Monday.
The State Highway Patrol along with Logan, Champaign, Hardin, and Hancock County Sheriff's Offices and Bellefontaine, West Liberty, Urbana, Kenton, and Findlay Police Departments will be increasing enforcement on 68 throughout April.
In 2013, there were 448 crashes on 68 across the four counties.
Among those accidents, there were 115 injury crashes and 6 fatal wrecks.
The focus of the month-long initiative is to decrease the amount of crash-causing violations and provide traffic safety awareness.
The top three violations that caused crashes across Ohio last year were assured clear distance ahead, failure to control, and failure to yield violations.
Law enforcement will focus on these violations on Route 68.
The State Highway Patrol Aviation section will assist.
Many departments will tap into their traffic safety overtime money.
Listen to Logan County Sheriff Andy Smith recap the safety campaign.
Listen to Logan County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Anspach discuss the initiative and more.
You're encouraged to slow down, wear your seat belt, and don't drink and drive.