OSHP increasing patrol Memorial Day weekend

NORTHWOOD, OH (Toledo News Now) - Law enforcement agencies will be putting extra forces out on the highways and streets of Toledo this weekend to keep the community safe.

The warm weather, the holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer all lead to more people out on the road. It also leads to law enforcement agencies increasing their manpower and more arrests.

"With the increased traffic, ultimately we do arrest more OVIs and we do arrest more speed violations," said Sergeant Brian Foltz.

Any type of violation can lead to an officer pulling you over. At the OVI checkpoints, an officer will pull someone over as protocol after a certain number of cars drive by.

"If there is a violation we can see and we can stop, we'll definitely make a stop, make a contact, cite if needed or ultimately give a warning," Foltz said.

OSHP as well as the Wood County Sheriff's Office will be concentrating on high crash areas.

"There are primary areas - would be US 6 around san ridge and other routes that we've had - US 20 near 23 we've had crashes. So we actually map those out and then we direct the deputies to especially concentrate in those areas," said Wood County Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn.

Law enforcement agencies say their ultimate goal is to keep drivers and the community safe and to make sure everyone makes it back home.

"Because of it being a holiday weekend, and being a hot weekend, and a very big - the kick off of summer. So just a lot of travelers a lot of get-togethers and lot of cook-outs and we just want people to have a great time we just want to keep it as safe as we can for everyone." Wasylyshyn explained.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol says they will have increased troopers out starting Friday night through midnight on Tuesday.

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