Extra enforcement on roadways

MIAMI COUNTY — The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be deploying extra deputies throughout the upcoming Labor Day holiday weekend working 99 hours of overtime at various time frames to strictly enforce all Ohio traffic statutes, according to Sheriff Dave Duchak.

The extra enforcement has already begun with special emphasis being placed on removing drunk and drugged drivers from area roadways, Duchak said. The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign runs through Sept. 7.

The Miami County Sheriff’s Office will be joining with thousands of other law enforcement agencies across the nation this Labor Day holiday to take part in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” crackdown on impaired drivers, according to Duchak. The national “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” impaired driving crackdown is a prevention program organized by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that focuses on combining high-visibility enforcement with heightened public awareness through advertising and publicity.

The extra deputies are being funded by a grant the sheriff’s office received late last year from the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services. The grant pays for the overtime the deputies accrue during the enforcement campaign and some fuel costs, Duchak said.

For more information, visit www.nhtsa.gov/drivesober.

“We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend,” Duchak said.