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OSHP announces driving enforcement measures around school buses, U.S. 250

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is announcing a pair of new driving enforcement measures, and one of them starts next week.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is announcing a pair of new driving enforcement measures, and one of them starts next week.

Troopers will be out patrolling for dangerous drivers in and near school zones. They'll also be watching for tailgaters and other illegal activity around school buses.

In September, OSHP troopers in the region handed out nearly 40 citations in school zones. Next week, another blitz around buses.

"Next week is going to be our school bus safety week. So, we're going to be out and around following the school buses, trying to bring some awareness to school bus violations,” said Lieutenant Joe Fetty of the OSHP Wintersville Post. “So, we're going be around them, following them to and from their destinations."

Stay back and don't pass buses while stopped and dropping off or picking up students. And it's not just happening in Jefferson and Harrison Counties.

"That's a statewide effort that we do every year, so everybody throughout the state that's going to do it,” Fetty said.

There is a new initiative specifically in Harrison County: Troopers are paying closer attention to Route 250 near Tappan Lake.

"I discovered that we had just in the first 10 miles from Tuscarawas into Harrison County there were more than 75 crashes in that area in two years. Three of them were fatalities and 30-40 of them were injury crashes,” Fetty said.

Lt. Fetty says speed, improper passing and improper lane changes were the top contributors to those crashes. Troopers recently took a closer look.

"So, what we did this past summer, we refreshed some of our speed zones up there to work with the aircraft and we actually put a new zone in the middle of the (Tappan) lake (area) where a lot of assured-clear-distance crashes were happening,” Fetty said.

And in November, troopers plan to monitor that newly targeted zone near Tappan Lake. The lieutenant believes the attention will make a difference. In July, there were 62 enforcement contacts with drivers over a 12-hour period in the region; in October, over 16 hours and 29 violations.

"If the traffic pattern has slowed down and the crashes have slowed down, we probably won't do it, but we are looking at November,” Fetty said.

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