As we approach the Christmas and New Year holidays, the Norwalk Police Department would like to remind drivers to stay sober and safe.
The holidays bring increased travel, winter weather and parties that contribute to crashes, serious injuries and fatalities. Keep the following driving tips in mind this holiday season:
n Wear your seat belt and make sure all passengers wear theirs.
n Slow down.
n Allow extra travel time.
n Be patient with, and courteous to, other drivers.
n Drive defensively.
n Make sure all windows are clear of snow, ice and frost.
n Don't drink and drive. Use a designated driver; call a taxi, friend or relative; don't ride with someone who has been drinking; when hosting parties make sure your guests have a designated driver.
n Drink responsibly.
n Call your local law enforcement agency if you see a drunk driver on the road.
From Friday through Jan. 2, the Norwalk police will join hundreds of law enforcement agencies across the country and participate in the Christmas/New Year's Blitz to remove impaired drivers from the roads and reduce serious injury and fatal crashes. Officers will use overtime hours for saturation patrols to look for drunk drivers and enforce traffic laws, including seat belt and speed violations.
These activities are funded through the High Visibility Enforcement Overtime Grant. These funds are passed from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration through the Office of Criminal Justice Services of the Ohio Department of Public Safety to local agencies in an effort to reduce traffic crashes, injuries and fatalities.