Columbus law enforcement will be out en masse this holiday weekend.
In addition to the typical compliment of officers that patrol the streets and enforce traffic laws on weekends, there will be a contingent of officers devoted to dealing strictly with traffic enforcement, said Maj. Julius Graham with the Columbus Police Department’s Patrol Division.
“We’ll have increased traffic enforcement with the objective of, number one, detecting and apprehending those who may be driving impaired,” Graham said. “And of course they’ll be aggressive enforcement of other traffic violations such as speeding, reckless driving, etc. that could lead to increased traffic accidents. Our goal is to make our roadways safer using aggressive enforcement to rid our highways of the impaired driver as well as those who may cause vehicle crashes. We want to reduce the number of traffic crashes and serious injuries and death that occur on our highways especially during the holiday periods.”
Historically, holiday weekends are the deadliest times for drivers because the increase in traffic volume, Graham said. More cares on the roads means more accidents. Adding drunk or impaired drivers to the equation only increases the crash rate.
“Whenever you have a national holiday such as 4th of July, Labor Day, Memorial Day, these are when more motorists are on our roadways and of course increased traffic comes with increased risk as well as an increase in the number of violations that occur,” the major said. “When I say risk I mean risk that involves with being in a motor vehicle crash.
We always encourage our motorists to drive safely at all times, but especially on holidays when our traffic volume picks up,” Graham continues. “And we request that they be safety conscious not only in their driving but in their celebrating.”