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Thursday, August 27, 2009 at 1:43 p.m.

TIFFIN- The Seneca County Traffic Offense/Crash Prevention Effort (S.T.O.P.S.) will be put into effect from Aug.28 at midnight to Aug. 29 at midnight.
The S.T.O.P.S. program is part of the Fremont Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s dedication to roadway safety.
They plan to make motorists aware of crash causing violations and how to prevent them during the 24 hour period.
The Fremont, Bucyrus and Norwalk Highway Patrol Post will have troopers on duty to remind motorists to slow down, stop at stop signs and red lights, buckle their safety belts and don’t drink and drive.
Lieutenant Brent Meredith encourages drivers to put away any distractions, like a cell phone, and concentrate on driving their cars. By paying attention motorists can prevent fatal crashes.
Year to date there have been 270 traffic crashes in Seneca County, including 181 property damage crashes, 84 injury crashes and 5 fatal traffic crashes. Three of the five fatal crashes were speed related, one failure-to-yield, and one motorcycle/deer crash.