More Law Enforcement Officers on Roads This Holiday Weekend

by Emily Baird on November 23, 2009 at 6:22 am

As you travel to visit family and friends this holiday weekend, you will see more cop cars on the roadways.

Zanesville Post Commander, Lieutenant Chad Neal, says officers want to have a more visible presence to help people make it to their destinations safely.

"Traditionally, Thanksgiving is the busiest and the most traveled holiday weekend, and I thought it would be good to use my resources-the sheriff and the police department-to work together in a joint effort to battle our fatal picture, " says Neal.

The Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office obtained a grant to use for traffic enforcement, which means an additional three to four cruisers will be en route.

"We’ll sit down and see what we think our peak hours are going to be, and it’ll just be different hours. We’re putting more cars out, " says Sheriff Matt Lutz.

The Zanesville Police Department also will have a bigger presence on Interstate 70. Lieutenant Tony Courey says starting Wednesday, ZPD will have one patrolman focusing on the interstate for about four to six hours.

All three agencies say the increased presence will wrap up midnight Sunday.