More Cruisers Monitoring Roadways for Holiday

by Emily Baird on September 1, 2010 at 4:57 am

Around 34 million people are expected to travel during the upcoming holiday weekend.

The Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol says it’s preparing for a higher volume of traffic, especially on Interstate 70. Starting Friday night, troopers say they will be looking for crash-causing violations.

"That’s really what we plan for, to be out in numbers and to watch for that. (We) try to keep traffic slowed down so we can keep people a little safer traveling through the area, " says Sergeant Chuck Merryman.

Merryman says even though drivers are told more cruisers will be on the roadways, people still like to get to and from their destinations as quickly as possible.

"You’re always going to stop that person that runs a little bit too fast that understands out there what we we’re trying to do. Then you have a chance of stopping the person who thinks it is a nuisance, but we’re all trained to deal with that. We deal with it on a daily basis, " says Merryman.

Merryman says alcohol-related offenses also tend to rise during holiday weekends. So, troopers will be cracking down on those driving under the influence. It’s part of the nationwide campaign ,"Over the Limit, Under Arrest," which will wrap up Labor Day. A recent National Highway Traffic Safety Administration survey cites that one in five people drives within two hours of drinking.