The Archbold Police Department, in conjunction with law enforcement agencies across Fulton County and the State of Ohio, are participating in a crackdown on impaired driving.
Dennis Helmke, Archbold Police Department patrolman, said the enforcement effort started Friday, Aug. 17, and will continue through Monday, Sept. 3.
During this time, there will be zero tolerance for impaired driving offenses and heavy enforcement of all other traffic violations, he said.
“The guys are out there, and they are pushing it,” Helmke said.
APD officers put an extra emphasis on traffic enforcement. He said officers will battle speeding offenses with radar and laser speed-checking tools, and will keep an extra eye on intersections.
“Any and all infractions,” he said.
The slogan for this year’s campaign is, “Drunk Driving. Over the Limit. Under Arrest.”
Archbold Police officers have posted the village’s two electronic message boards around town. They are flashing antiimpaired driving messages such as, “Nothing Sobers You Up…Like Jail.”
During 2005, almost 13,000 people across the nation died in highway crashes involving a driver or motorcycle rider with a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 or more, which is considered legally drunk in Ohio.
For motorcycle operators, the figure is even higher.
About 41% of the 1,878 motorcycle operators who died in single-vehicle crashes
in 2005 had BAC levels of .08 or higher.