Law enforcement, Safe Communities of Lucas County partnering to promote safe Thanksgiving travels

TOLEDO – Three area law enforcement agencies and Safe Communities of Lucas County are partnering to promote safe travels as the motoring public takes to the roadways during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Starting Wednesday, Nov. 24 through Sunday, Nov. 28, 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 weekend. Troopers, deputies and officers will be focusing on safety belt violations, impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving.

So far in 2021, there have been 3,973 unbelted-related crashes in Lucas County in which 24 crashes were fatal and 894 resulted in injuries.

“Wearing a safety belt is the simplest task you and everyone in your vehicle can do to stay safe,” said Lieutenant Bradley Longo, Patrol Toledo Post commander. “It increases the likelihood that you will survive a devastating crash. Make it a habit to buckle up every trip, every time.”

This year there have been 428 OVI-related crashes in Lucas County, with 20 of those being fatal and 188 resulting in injuries.

“We want to remind drivers to make good choices before getting behind the wheel,” said Major Tricia White, Lucas County Sheriff’s Office. “If you plan on consuming alcohol, have a plan in place before you go out so everyone can make it home safely.”

Year to date, there have been 885 crashes where speed was a factor in Lucas County, with 21 crashes being fatal and 283 crashes resulting in injuries.

“Speeding puts everyone at an unnecessary risk,” said Lieutenant Paul Davis, Toledo Police Department. “We ask that drivers slow down and drive appropriately for the safety of all on the roadways.”

This year, Lucas County has had 458 crashes related to distracted driving, with one being fatal and 148 resulting in injuries.

“Roadway safety is a shared responsibility,” said Safe Communities Coordinator of Lucas County Natalie Zerucha. “Eliminating distractions while driving is beneficial to everyone and will help to make sure everyone has a safe holiday weekend.”

Safety belts, impaired driving, speeding and distracted driving will be the violations receiving the most attention by law enforcement officers during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. To make the biggest impact in lives saved, there will be zero tolerance for these violations.