While many will be busy with holiday travel plans this weekend, the State Highway Patrol will be busy trying to keep the roadways safe.
Lt. Matt Boyd with the Zanesville Post of the State Highway Patrol said they will have all troopers out on the roadways and putting in overtime.
"We have all the troopers at the post scheduled out to work this weekend as well as the supervisors," Boyd said. "In addition to that, we have several hours of overtime that we got from federal monies where troopers will be out in addition to their regularly scheduled shifts that will be strictly enforcing all traffic laws surrounding crash causing violations and impaired driving and seatbelt restraint usage. Also motorcycle helmets, things like that, safety equipment."
Boyd said the Zanesville area saw 20 crashes during the Fourth of July travel period last year. Seven of them involved injuries, and three were alcohol related. The Patrol hopes responsible celebrating and designated drivers will help prevent those sort of accidents this year.
"If someone is hosting a party, bars and restaurants included, they shouldn’t serve someone that’s impaired. If you have friends that you’re drinking with or out with, take their keys. Don’t let them drive. Once they drive and get in a crash, it’s too late."
According to Boyd, over 42 percent of fatal crashes last year were alcohol related and could have been prevented. If you plan to travel during the holiday, you are advised to be patient and expect delays with the increased volume of traffic.