Watch Your Speed Patrolmen Are Out This Holiday

By Scott Sarvay

September 6, 2010 Updated Sep 6, 2010 at 11:19 AM EST

UNDATED (Indiana's NewsCenter) - If you're traveling for Labor Day, you'll want to keep your speed down.

If you traveled on the interstates this Labor Day weekend, it pretty likely you saw someone getting pulled over. The holidays make up a larger percentage of tickets written by both Ohio and Indiana state police, primarily because they have more officers on the road.

Official numbers will not be released for a few days, but a number of state police agencies in both states told us, it's been a busy weekend for their officers.

If you haven't been pulled over for a while, other than a seatbelt violation, which is a set rate, speeders that were pulled over this weekend by state police will pay different fines depending on the county they're pulled over in. In this area, if you had the same violation in each county, you'd pay the highest fine in Allen County.

In Ohio, the focus was on removing impaired drivers from the road this holiday after 7 people died on Ohio roadways over last years Labor Day weekend as the result of alcohol.

While State Police don't operate on a quota system, the simple combination of more officers and more vehicles creates a busy weekend of tickets.

By the way, Federal Grants provide money to State Police agencies during busy holiday travel times to help offset the cost of putting more patrols on the interstate.




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