MEDINA â€” The Medina post of the state highway patrol will be staffed at almost 100 percent today through Monday to crack down on violations during the Labor Day weekend.
â€œWeâ€™re very strict every holiday weekend, we always have been,â€ Lt. Joshua Swindell, commander of the Medina post, said. â€œThe number of fatal accidents spikes every time.â€
There are three areas troopers will focus on: speeding, driving under the influence and seat-belt violations.
â€œDUIs are a problem in Medina County,â€ Swindell said.
He said the goal of the increased number of troopers is to make their presence more visible. People seeing officers will make them less likely to drive drunk after holiday celebrations, Swindell said.
â€œPeople will see us and say, â€˜OK, we better have a plan,â€™ â€ he said.