State Police continues increased presence as holiday weekend ends

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Monday evening is expected to be busy on the highways as many people head home for the end of the holiday weekend, and the Ohio State Highway Patrol is helping make sure travelers get home safely.

According to AAA, 41.5 million Americans were expected to travel this Memorial Day weekend, including 1.6 million Ohioans. The vast majority of those travelers are hitting the road.

“We drove down to Cincinnati on Friday and Columbus yesterday, so we’ve seen a lot of people on the roadways,” said Marcus Keinath, Dayton resident.

“We left Saturday morning, and it wasn’t as much traffic as I thought it would be,” said Vikie Gregory, who was on her way back to Toledo Monday after visiting Dayton. “But on the way home, I’m quite sure that it’ll be more.”

“Monday obviously – this is the last day of the holiday,” said Sgt. Chris Colbert of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “We anticipate the traffic volumes will start to really increase this afternoon into this evening.”

As many troopers as possible have been working this holiday weekend, Sgt. Colbert said. They’re cracking down to make sure everyone on the roads stays safe, focused on seat belt enforcement and stopping aggressive and distracted driving, as well as driving under the influence, he explained.

“Make sure that you’re paying attention to what you’re doing, not looking at your phone,” Sgt. Colbert said. “You need to maintain a safe following distance.”

Some drivers we spoke with said they’re glad to see law enforcement helping protect them on the roads.

“I think it’s nice,” said Bobby Roark, Greenville resident. “Makes you feel safe.”

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