ENGLEWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post has launched a new initiative to promote traffic safety, reduce fatal crashes and crime.
The Dayton Service Initiative Montgomery County aims to bring awareness, education, and transparency to the community through traffic enforcement.
Lt. Geoffrey Freeman with Ohio State Highway Patrol said, “by far doing a death notification is the hardest job I have.” With an increase in fatal crashes, Lt. Freeman is often tasked with telling families that their loved ones will never come home.
OSP said that in 2020, there were 63 fatal crashes in Montgomery County and 29 of those fatal crashes were within the city of Dayton. Already in 2021, there have been 42 fatal crashes with 52 people killed.
The program is a collaboration with Ohio State Highway Patrol Dayton Post, Dayton Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and Trotwood Police Department. The plan aims to reduce fatal crashes and crime through community partnerships, organizational transformation, and problem solving.
Local law enforcement is sending a warning to drivers and boosting their presence along high crash areas. The enforcement zones include SR-35, I-75, SR 49, Salem Avenue, North Main Street, and West Third Street.
“Racing, fatalities, and overall high-speed driving is happening. We have been seeing increased speeds when we go out to do traffic enforcement. We’re looking at triple-digit speeds on SR-35 and I-75. We want to prevent that and stop that from happening,” said Sgt. Gordon Cairns, the traffic services unit supervisor for Dayton Police Department.