Lucas County to see increased law enforcement over Thanksgiving week

Three area law enforcement agencies are partnering for an interagency enforcement effort aimed at ensuring the safety of the motoring public as they take to the roads during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Today through Sunday, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office and Toledo Police Department will be increasing enforcement efforts across Lucas County and Toledo in an attempt to reduce the number of fatal and injury crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday travel period. Troopers, deputies and officers will be focusing on safety belt violations, impaired driving and speeding.

So far in 2020, there have been 3,326 unbelted crashes in Lucas County in which 27 crashes were fatal and 824 resulted in injuries.

“Wearing a safety belt is the simplest task you and everyone in your vehicle can do to stay safe,” said Lieutenant Shaun Robinson, Patrol Toledo Post commander. “Make it a habit to wear a safety belt every trip, every time.”

This year there have been 401 OVI-related crashes in Lucas County, with 12 of those being fatal and 192 resulting in injuries.

“We want everyone to make good choices before they get behind the wheel,” said Captain Tricia White, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. “If you plan on consuming alcohol, have a plan in place before you go out to make sure you and others get home safely.”

Year to date, there have been 759 crashes where speed was a factor in Lucas County, with 20 crashes being fatal and 272 crashes resulting in injuries.