In an effort to reduce the number of serious and deadly traffic crashes in Hardin County, area law enforcement agencies spent the last twenty-four hours targeting crash-causing violations.
From midnight August 29 to midnight August 30, officers from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Kenton Police, Ada Police, Forest Police Departments, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol worked a “STOPS” program in Hardin County.
“Simply put, officers made as many traffic stops as possible to remind motorists about safe driving habits,” said Lieutenant Matthew Meredith, Findlay Post Commander. Hardin County residents were encouraged to wear their safety belts, drive the speed limit, pay attention, and don’t use a cell phone while driving. Sheriff Everhart stated, “Safe driving habits are everyone’s responsibility and you never know when you may be involved in one of these serious crashes.”
2013 has been a deadly year in Hardin County and the area law enforcement agencies would like to see the trend change. Since January 1, 2013, there have been eight fatal traffic crashes with eight persons killed. This is already three fatal crashes above the Hardin County five year average of five persons killed. Since July 22, 2013, there have been five fatal traffic crashes, with two of those on US 68 and the other three in Roundhead and McDonald Township. Of the eight fatal crashes, six (75%) were caused by speed. Seven drivers were killed and 50% of the crashes were caused by people age 55 or older.
During the twenty-four hour blitz officers made 81 traffic stops and issued 47 warnings. Officers wrote 35 traffic citations; including six safety belt citations, one commercial violation, and one person was arrested for possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.