Holiday blitz to get under way

Staff reports

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 “Drunk Driving, Over the Limit, Under Arrest” enforcement blitz, according to Sheriff Charles Cox

Commencing July 3-5, deputies will be working 60 hours in overtime assigned to county and state roadways at various time frames for the sole purpose of traffic enforcement. 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.

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.

“If you choose to drink this weekend please have a designated driver or face arrest,” Cox said.