Expect to see more officers on the road

The Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol will have a full complement of troopers on the roads this weekend to look for behavior that could lead to accidents and especially, fatalities. Troopers will be focusing on excessive speeding, alcohol usage and motorists failing to yield, such as not stopping at stop signs/lights or pulling in front of another vehicle.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 25, 2010

 

The Norwalk post of the state Highway Patrol will have a full complement of troopers on the roads this weekend to look for behavior that could lead to accidents and especially, fatalities.

Troopers will be focusing on excessive speeding, alcohol usage and motorists failing to yield, such as not stopping at stop signs/lights or pulling in front of another vehicle.

"Seat belts will be at the top of the list," said Lt. Jim Bryan, commander of the Norwalk post. "We've had three fatalities this year and none of them had a seat belt. If an officer catches you, you can expect a citation."

The emphasis on wearing seat belts is part of the "Click It or Ticket" campaign being advertised on the radio and television.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office will be joining other area authorities in the enforcement mobilization which runs through June 3. Capt. Paul Sigsworth said grant funding, obtained from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, will pay for overtime hours in which deputies will be focusing on seat belt usage and violations of child restraint laws.

"Motor vehicle-related injuries and deaths could be drastically reduced if motorists and their passengers would make a concerted effort to buckle their seat belts (while) traveling on roadways. The purpose of this mobilization is to remind motorists of this fact," Sigsworth said in a prepared statement.

The Norwalk post is using federal funds to pay for troopers using as much overtime as they want.

"These funds will be given to every post in the state when they feel like they need it the most. I can guarantee you every post will be using some federal funding for overtime because (Memorial Day weekend) has such a high volume of traffic," Bryan said.

"Every (local) trooper is assigned to be working this weekend," he continued. "Most of our officers will be working a 12-hour day through the weekend."

Huron County Sheriff Richard Sutherland said his office probably won't have anymore deputies on the road than usual, but there could be more reserve officers on patrol.

"We cover 500 (square) miles. We don't pick and choose where we go. We go where we're needed," he said.

The sheriff believes it's hard to tell if there will be more accidents this weekend, most because of the "skyrocketing" price of gasoline. Sutherland said the average motorist will be traveling about 50 miles if they drive during the holiday weekend.

Deputies, like officers in the patrol and Erie County, will be looking for speeders and people not using their seat belts.

"I think if people think before they jump, I think it will be better for everybody," Sutherland said.

Comments

An_Employee (An...

Sheriff Sutherland won't have additional deputies on the road because he only has 2 deputies covering 500 square miles as it is....he'll tell you there are no funds for more deputies....what he won't tell you is that those funds are going to his brother's double dipping salary, jail admin. double dipping and several other non-essential positions...needed funds also have gone a kuboda bought for "mowing" at the Sheriff's office being used as the Sheriff's mud bog toy...several non emergency responder employees taking cruisers home daily (some in county and some out of county)....awful lot of gas for all these people isn't it? Do you feel safe with only 2 deputies? Do you think when you call for help that one of these two deputies will get to you in time if they're covering 500 square miles?

anonymous (Anon...

is it just me or does sutherland sound like an idiot.

anonymous (Anon...

did anyone read the story in the journal about sutherland making a deputy use his vacation time when he goes to iraq?

Marine Corp Mom...

Maybe we need a new sheriff in town if the one we have will treat" OUR HOMETOWN HERO"this way, what do you think?
Is election time coming? Think about it.

American 1st (A...

Voters had a chance to put a good man in the sheriff's office last time and they passed. Of course, they also went for Bush...

Marine Corp Mom...

I agree the chance was missed ,but not that it was a very good choice. of course neither was Bush in my opinion anyway any other options would be worth investigating I wonder who is out there? anybody interested ??????

An-Employee (An...

Last election it was White vs. Sutherland, lesser of two evils in that case.
The Sheriff is setting up his stepson (Bracken) to take over, the Sheriff will resign before election hoping his stepson (or his brother Bob) will be appointed as interim Sheriff, thereby giving Bracken an edge in the 08 election. Dane Howard has said he will run and would be an excellent choice.

Marine Corp Mom...

Thanks for the heads up Sounds like Dane is the man for the moment. Any other takers?

just_me (Anonymous)

Lesser of two evils is correct. I couldn't imagine White as Sheriff. Scary. Hopefully someone will step up and run. Somebody worthy of being Sheriff.

Deputy Dog (Ano...

There is noone at the Sheriff's Office fit to be Sheriff, it would be more of the same. There should be some minimum requirements for th position other than having a pulse. Someone from outside needs to come in. That person will not be popular because of the changes that would have to be made there. I'm sure because of the makeup of Huron County a good sheriff wouldn't last.

Marine Corp Mom...

I have to say that I do Know several of the current deputies and I can think of some that could and would make a good Sheriff ,Todd Corbin ,is one that I could see He has the leadership ability and the knowledge to do a fine job if he could be convinced to do it. How bout it Todd, Interested??? Anyway something needs to change that is for sure.

Deputy Dog (Ano...

Whoever takes the job would inherit a bunch of imcompetents acquired through years of the sheriff hiring relatives and friends. Todd is a good man but I dont think he is a tryant enough to handle the group of misfits. Law enforcement and politics doesn't go together thats why sheriff is the only law enforcement job thats elected. What it takes to be elected is not what it takes to be a good sheriff.

Marine Corp Mom...

I dont know that being a tyrant is a good quality for a sheriff or anyone in charge Todd not only has the ability he has shown that he can remain calm and effective under fire otherwise he and others from his unit would not be here today.and if he can do that while being shot at and having things blow up around him then I think he could handle the deputies that you refer to as misfits He is after all A MARINE. Enough said