As excessive speed violations increase, officers plan more patrols to catch erratic drivers

With excessive speed violations increasing across the state, area law enforcement officers will be stepping up patrols looking for moving violations around the Labor Day holiday weekend.

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Over the last year, state troopers said they’ve seen a 44 percent increase in people driving more than 20 mph over the speed limit. During the same time period, state troopers reported a 28 percent increase in people driving over 100 mph.

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“Excessive speeds consistently are contributing factors to crashes, greater the speed, less time to react, greater chance for injuries and serious crashes,” Sgt. Christina Hayes of the Ohio State Highway Patrol told News Center 7′s Kayla Courvell.

Montgomery County is one of the top five counties in Ohio for speed-related crash, with over 4,000 crashes reported from 2018 to 2020.

But with the holiday weekend now here, state troopers, area police departments, and sheriff’s offices will also be focusing on impaired driving including two OVI checkpoints that will be operated by the Montgomery County Combined Agency Task Force in Trotwood.

In Miami County, patrols have already increased with the annual “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, operated by the Miami County Sheriff’s Office.

For state troopers, they’ll be focusing on areas with high rates of crashes, looking for people not following traffic laws.

“Post commanders are constantly monitoring their crash picture and the stats they get and we’ll have troopers watch those areas to try to reduce the number of crashes,” Hayes said.

State troopers encourage people who see erratic, or possibly impaired drivers, to call #677 to report it.