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Crackdown on some Ohio reckless drivers

Three Ohio law enforcement agencies are the recipients of federal grant money to pay for police overtime to crackdown on reckless driving behaviors that frequently result in Ohio car accidents that injure or kill motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. The money was parceled out by the state Department of Public Safety to the Willoughby and Mentor police department and the Lake County Sheriff's Office. The funding runs through September of next year.

Officers and deputies will crack down on high-risk driving behavior, including distracted driving (such as from texting and cell phone use), driving in an aggressive manner, and speeding. Other efforts will be targeted at enforcing laws about driving while intoxicated and requiring vehicle occupant restraints. The heightened efforts will be especially in place during certain holidays and in conjunction with announced national enforcement campaigns, particularly in identified problem areas.

It is hoped that these enforcement efforts will help at least a little to cut down on the ongoing carnage on the highways. While there is obviously no way to prevent all accidents, it is clear that the targeted behaviors are the cause of the bulk of the preventable accidents. The two things that seem to be effective in helping to deter reckless drivers from putting others' lives at risk are law enforcement efforts and wrongful death and personal injury lawsuits that make irresponsible drivers pay for the tragedies that they cause.

The Lake County Sheriff's Office will receive $47,673 in federal grant funds, with the Mentor Police Department getting $50,819 and the Willoughby Police Department receiving an award of $37,654. Statistics show that statewide traffic fatalities through September 24 of this year stood at 659, which was down significantly from the 853 deaths recorded during the same period in 2012.

The News-Herald, "'High-risk' motorist behaviors to be targeted in Lake townships, Mentor, Willoughby" Betsy Scott, Sep. 27, 2013

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