Miami County seeks to limit crashes by increasing patrols over Thanksgiving holiday

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The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will deploy additional deputies over the Thanksgiving weekend in an attempt to decrease crashes over the holiday.

“The Thanksgiving holiday weekend has traditionally seen a dramatic increase in crashes and crashes in which at least one driver has been drinking,” read a release by Sheriff Dave Duchak. “We urge all motorists to have a designated driver if they choose to drink over the holidays.”

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Deputies will work a combined total of 116 hours of overtime through Nov. 29.

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They will enforce all traffic laws, but will have a special emphasis on impaired drivers, seatbelt enforcement, speeding, stop sign violations and other infractions.

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“There will be a zero tolerance for violators during this time frame with no warnings being issued in an attempt to limit crashes on Miami County roadways and ensure everyone has a safe Thanksgiving holiday,” the release read.

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The additional patrols are possible through the a grant the sheriff’s office received from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. The grant funds overtime and also covers some fuel costs.

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