OSHP beefs up road patrol to combat crash trend

Published 12:00 am Friday, October 29, 2004

SOUTH POINT - Troopers from the Ohio State Highway Patrol's Ironton Post will be increasing efforts to apprehend impaired and aggressive drivers in hopes of reducing

fatal crashes on Lawrence County roadways.

Lt. Carl Roark, Ironton post commander said motorists in Lawrence County can expect two increased patrols and concentrated enforcement programs to run from Oct. 19 through Oct. 31, and Nov. 9 through Nov. 21.

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"The Patrol is committed to the reduction of traffic fatalities in Lawrence County," Lt. Carl Roark said. "Through enforcement and education, we believe we can alter driving behavior that is likely to cause a motor vehicle crash, which will save lives and prevent tragedies."

In 2004, there have been four fatal crashes with five people killed in Lawrence County.

One of the four crashes was alcohol-related, and one involved a safety belt not in use.