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Published: Wednesday, 1/9/2013

Grant allows Toledo police to target road rogues


Motorists who drive under the influence of alcohol, don't secure their children properly in vehicles, or weave around big rigs on the road may want to listen up.

Thanks to a $77,645 state grant, Toledo police will be targeting these drivers and those who speed and run red lights in high-accident areas as part of a special traffic program this year.

“We want to reduce traffic crashes and drunken driving and increase [child] restraint usage. We also want to stop truck roll-overs that block traffic for hours at a time,” traffic Lt. Louis Borucki said.

This is the second year of the target enforcement program that pays officers overtime to crack down on traffic violations in different parts of the city each week. Funds come from the Ohio Department of Public Safety.

The program will begin Monday with extra patrols at Monroe Street and Secor Road. It will run through the end of September.

Last year, the department received a $59,969 grant for the program. Police issued 2,133 traffic citations during efforts between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30.

Traffic Sgt. Paul Kerschbaum said the child-restraint blitz, to be held next month, is one of the most beneficial parts of the program.

“No one should drive around with their kids loose in the car. [The children] can't protect themselves and they can pay for a long time for mistakes made,” he said.

Extra patrols will be on the road during prom time in April and May and will be looking for drunken drivers around Memorial Day, the Fourth of July, and Labor Day.

Officers will try to prevent truck accidents on the expressway by looking for truckers who speed, change lanes, and fail to yield.

Other drivers, especially those who weave around big trucks, also will be a focus of the extra patrols.

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