OHS Launches 120 Days of Summer HEAT Campaign
Increased enforcement on traffic violators starts next week
By Katie Wais
DOVER — Starting next week, police are ready to turn up the heat on Delaware traffic violators.
For a second year, State Highway Safety officials are launching “120 Days of Summer HEAT” (Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic), a high-visibility traffic safety initiative aimed at reducing traffic deaths and injuries.
The umbrella traffic initiative is intended to unify Delaware’s three primary safety campaigns conducted during the summer months, which include Click It or Ticket, Checkpoint Strikeforce and the Stop Aggressive Driving campaign.
“As we head into summer, the roads will be crowded with both residents and out of state visitors. Given the high number of traffic deaths we experienced in the first three months of this year, we need the public to understand that we’re taking a zero tolerance approach to traffic violations with the end goal of saving lives,” said Tricia Roberts, Director of the Delaware Office of Highway Safety (OHS).
OHS will begin by turning up the HEAT on unbelted motorists starting next week, then in July the HEAT will simultaneously be on impaired drivers and aggressive drivers.
During the first year of the “120 Days of Summer HEAT” initiative, which ran from early May through the Labor Day weekend, officers from law enforcement agencies statewide made 225 DUI arrests, 983 Aggressive Driving arrests, and issued 2,930 seat belt citations.
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