Authorities Ramp Up Coverage As Holiday Travelers Hit The Road

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Traffic seemed heavier heading north out of the city than it does heading into Columbus - and troopers tell us that's typical for the Thanksgiving holiday.

The Ohio Highway Patrol was operating full staff Wednesday and said that drivers should expect the heaviest traffic toward the afternoon hours.

In Delaware County, deputies with the sheriff’s office were called to assist with traffic enforcement. The agency was awarded a high visibility enforcement grant that pays deputies to work overtime.

Both agencies will be saturating the roadways looking for speeders and impaired drivers.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol said that they dealt with 17 fatalities over the Thanksgiving weekend in 2012. Authorities said that the number of deadly crashes has gradually decreased from year to year, but that there was more work to be done.

“It means a lot to me to be out here,” Ohio State Patrol Sgt. Dave Chamberlin said. “Just to be out here working, to let them get to their families safely and have a great holiday.

In a matter of minutes of using a running radar, Chamberlin was able to spot several people breaking the law on the road. While some may get away with just a warning, other rule breakers could face hundreds of dollars in fines.

Drivers in Ohio can always dial #677 to report impaired drivers and illegal activity.

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