Patrol increases enforcement

State Highway Patrol is increasing its enforcement locally due to an increase in traffic deaths in Seneca and Sandusky counties.

According to the Fremont post of State Highway Patrol, there have been five fatal traffic accidents in the two counties that have claimed six lives this year, an increase of three deaths for the area as of this time in 2018.

Lt. M. Brent Meredith, post commander, said Seneca County has had three accidents with three people killed in 2019. As of this time last year, Seneca County had had one person die in one accident, he said.

Troopers from patrol posts in Bucyrus, Milan, Norwalk and Sandusky have come to the area to help curb the deadly trend and work on traffic enforcement.

People will see more officers focused on accident-causing violations, a release states.

Three of the five fatal accidents involved drivers failing to yield or running stop signs, according to the release.

One involved a commercial vehicle that was not at fault, and one involved a motorcycle in which the driver was not wearing a helmet.

More than 80 percent of those who have died in this year’s accidents were older than 55, according to the release.

The Fremont post of State Highway Patrol offers a free handout with suggestions and programs available to help older drivers be more comfortable in their vehicles.

To obtain a copy, people can stop by the post at 2181 W. Bypass Route 20 Fremont.