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Traffic-related incidents significantly increase at Jamboree in the Hills

Updated: Tuesday, July 22 2014, 04:25 PM EDT
BELMONT COUNTY, Ohio – A significant increase in the amount of traffic-related incidents surrounded this year's Jamboree in the Hills.
 “During Jamboree, we saw an increase in people attending and that resulted in an increase of work for us," said Lt. James Faunda of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.
Faunda said there was a 16 percent jump in OVI arrests from last year and another 28 percent hike in overall arrests. Perhaps most alarming, there was a 60 percent increase in motor vehicle crashes during the week.
“Unfortunately one of those crashes ended up being a fatality,” Faunda said.
Another 22 people were found to be driving aggressively over the one week period. And 404 drivers received warnings.
But these numbers hardly came as a surprise for this Post, which was ready for the traffic surge.
"With the larger crowd comes more violations unfortunately, and we predicted that," Faunda said.
The post used 250 hours of federal overtime from July 13-20 to supplement on-duty troopers.    

Traffic-related incidents significantly increase at Jamboree in the Hills

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