Highway Patrol: Labor Day a success

Published 10:12 am Tuesday, September 7, 2010

While there were a few injury crashes, the Labor Day holiday was a successful one for the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“We had some crashes and some injury crashes as well,” Lt. Michael Gore said. “We didn’t have any fatal crashes and that’s what we’re trying to do is save lives. In that regard I guess you can say mission accomplished.”

In Ironton, the police department also reported no major incidents over the weekend.

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“As far as I know there was nothing more than what we usually have,” Carey said Tuesday.

Labor Day is one of the three main summer holidays that include Memorial Day and July Fourth. During these holidays, the highway patrol increases its manpower all over the state, Gore said.

“Historically, you tend to have more (Operating a vehicle while in impaired) drivers here,” Gore said.

In an effort to get more OVI drivers off the roads, the highway patrol typically schedules 80 percent of its troopers for the holiday weekend.

One of the crashes to which the troopers responded to was an injury accident at the intersection of State Route 7 and State Route 217 in Proctorville Sunday around 10:50 p.m. Sunday.

Houston E. McClung III of Proctorville is charged with vehicular assault, operating a vehicle while impaired, driving under suspicion and failure to stop at a stop sign after his vehicle struck the vehicle driven by Rachel A. Bailey, 29, of Acworth, Ga.

“The driver was impaired, so he was charged with assault,” Gore said.

All five of the passengers in Bailey’s car were treated at an emergency room and released.