Published Wed, Apr 25, 2012 5:24 pm Dateline
Ross County law enforcement officers say they stopped hundreds of drivers for traffic violations during a police crackdown last week.
According to numbers released Wednesday, there were 685 traffic stops and 80 safety belt citations during the traffic enforcement blitz.
The initiative was implemented to reduce crash-causing violations, and there were, in fact, no fatalities during the one-week program.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ross County Sheriff's Office, and Chillicothe Police Department partnered to conduct the Mobile Safety Shield initiative, after seeing an increase in fatal traffic crashes the first part of this year.
"Although success in the area of fatality reduction was seen, Ross County motorists need to strive for compliance in the area of safety belt use," said John Moore, a lieutenant at the Ohio Highway Patrol.
Moore said a 64 percent compliance rate is an improvement in safety belt wearing, but is far below Ohio's average of 84 percent.
The initiative took place during the peak crash hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.