The first long holiday weekend of the summer means fun, food and extra law enforcement officers.
Muskingum County Sheriff, Matt Lutz says his office has received a traffic safety grant to allow them to put more deputies on the roads during the holiday. They will be looking for drunk and distracted drivers and seat belt violations through the Click It or Ticket campaign.
"it’s a program where they want extra law enforcement to be out on the street and they want law enforcement to be visible. The vision is to make sure people are using seats belts. It’s a lot of proven data out there that seat belts save lives. " said Sheriff Matt Lutz.
Not wearing a seat belt is a secondary offense meaning that a deputy must pull you over for another violation. Sheriff Lutz encourages people to buckle up to avoid paying an unnecessary and expensive fine.
" It will probably cost you an extra $100 if you get the ticket and the court cost depending on what you are getting cited for it could be over $100. Court costs are usually $40 to $ 50 ," said Sheriff Lutz.
The Sheriff’s Office is also reminding motorists to slow down, leave early and plan your trip before hitting the road.