City, state patrol launch traffic initiative for April

Staff Report

Monday, March 31, 2008

DAYTON — City of Dayton police and the Ohio Highway Patrol are stepping up traffic enforcement on some of the most accident-prone streets in the city during the month of April.

Starting Tuesday, April 1, the two law enforcement agencies will launch the Dayton Area Metropolitan Initiative. The idea is to reduce the number of fatalities and injuries resulting from traffic crashes on city streets.

Montgomery County recorded the fourth highest number of fatal crashes among all Ohio counties in 2007 with 52 motorists killed. Of those killed, 15 occurred within the city of Dayton and more than 50 percent were alcohol-related, according to Dayton police.

Under the initiative, two police officers and two troopers will be assigned to patrol some of the highest-injury accident locations in the city.

Officers will be operating under a zero-tolerance policy to enforce all traffic laws such as speeding, seat belt and red light violations, Operating a Vehicle Under the Influence as well as any other criminal activity they observe.

Officers will not issue any warnings.

They will patrol the following locations 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays until the end of April:

• Linden Avenue and South Smithville Road,

• North Gettysburg Avenue and North James H. McGee Boulevard,

• North Keowee and East Third streets,

• Philadelphia Drive and Salem Avenue,

• South Patterson Boulevard and West Stewart Street,

• Abbey Avenue.