DCSO traffic enforcement blitz to focus on teen drivers
Deputies with the Delaware County Sheriff’s Office will be participating in a high visibility enforcement operation through the month of September. The traffic blitz will coincide with homecoming games and dances at several county high schools.
Fall is an exciting time for high school students, but it can be a dangerous time for new drivers. Young drivers, ages 15 to 20 years old, are especially vulnerable to death and injury on our roadways. Traffic crashes remain the leading cause of death for teenagers in America; mile for mile, teenagers are involved in three times as many fatal crashes as all other drivers. Research shows inexperience, speed, drinking and driving, not wearing seat belts and distracted driving all contribute to the prevalence of teen-related crashes.
“To encourage safety, the Sheriff’s Office will increase the visibility of patrols around homecoming events,” said Sheriff Russell Martin. “Our deputies will be looking for aggressive drivers, speeding motorists and those who don’t wear their seatbelt. We want local teens to have a great time at homecoming, while making good decisions, using caution and staying safe.”
Grant funding through the Ohio Department of Public Safety’s Office of Criminal Justice Services will allow the Sheriff’s Office to have extra deputies on the roadways during the month of September. Six of the county school districts hold homecoming events between September 28 and October 14.