Law enforcement participates in STOPS program

On Thursday, more than 30 law enforcement officials from eight departments participated in the second STOPS program of the year, according to a release from the State Highway Patrol.

Eighteen troopers from the State Patrol and 12 law enforcement officials from police departments in Seneca County participated in the program and a total of 86 traffic stops were reported during the 24-hour period.

Those stops included 34 enforcement stops and 52 warnings or defects stops. Enforcement stops included one OVI, one misdemeanor drug stop, seven safety belt violations and four failure to yield at a stop sign violations, according to the release.

The goal of the program is to stop motorists in Seneca County and remind them of safe driving habits in an effort to reduce serious and fatal traffic crashes.

According to the release, eleven fatal crashes last year claimed the lives of 14 area people.

“Area law enforcement doesn’t want a repeat of 2013 and they’ve teamed up to make the area safer,” said Lt. Matthew Meredith of the Fremont post in the release.

So far this year, 81 traffic crashes have been reported in the county and 20 of those were injury crashes, according to the release.

The State Patrol is reminding drivers to wear their seat belts, stop at stop signs and traffic lights and don’t drink and drive.

Drivers also should slow down and pay attention to the road.