July 4th Enforcement Stops Up

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State Highway Patrol Sergeant Jeremy Mendenhall says the number of enforcement stops during the Fourth of July holiday weekend is up from last year’s.

Mendenhall says there were over 20 thousand stops in the state of Ohio, up from 19 thousand in 2008.

He says here locally, the Zanesville Post was busy too.

“With us, there were 357 enforcement stops. So, the Zanesville Post, consisting of, there were 16 of us. 16 officers out there working. 357 enforcement stops were made, ” says Mendenhall.

Mendenhall says the number of accidents were down though. He’s only reporting 12. One of those was considered serious, and despite more patrol cars monitoring the roads this holiday weekend, Mendenhall says there were a lot of speeders. The number of tickets given out for speeding statewide was up almost 30 percent.

“If you’re working up on the Interstate, you’re going to get a lot. It never stops. That’s the road that just keeps on flowing, ” says Mendenhall.

There also weren’t as many people making the choice to drink and drive behind the wheel. The Zanesville Post only arrested 10 people for OVI’s.