MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be out in full force for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday weekend, cracking down on impaired drivers with an aggressive traffic enforcement blitz.
Deputies have already commenced the extra enforcement and will be working a total of 93 hours in overtime assigned to county and state roadways for the sole purpose of traffic enforcement, according to Sheriff Charles Cox. The extra enforcement will continue through the month of July, he said.
The primary focus will be on removing impaired drivers and enforcing other crash causing violations along with seatbelt enforcement. Statistically, the Fourth of July holiday period is one of the deadliest on our nation’s roadways with alcohol playing a large factor in many of the crashes.
In 2014, over the Fourth of July holiday (6 p.m. July 3 to 5:59 a.m. July 7), 164 people were killed in crashes involving at least one driver or motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or higher.
Those preventable deaths make up 41 percent of the 397 people killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes over the Fourth of July period. Deputies will be targeting Miami County roadways with high incidents of crashes and OVI arrests.
The extra enforcement efforts are being funded through a grant the sheriff’s office received late last year from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services which administers the federal grant monies for the state. The grant also pays for some fuel costs, according to Cox.
“If you choose to drink this weekend, please have a designated driver or face arrest,” Cox said.