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State Troopers Working Overtime to Keep Country Concert Safe


More than 100,000 people will be coming into the Ohio Valley for a four-day country music festival.

Lt. James Faunda the Commander of the St. Clairsville Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says the massive influx of people to Belmont County means more chances for trouble.

“You bring more vehicles into the area, you bring more people into the area and it’s just a recipe for destruction,” says Lt. Faunda.

There’s a lot of ingredients the state troopers will be looking for that could lead to that destruction.

“We’re looking for impaired drivers, we’re looking for possible drug activity,” says Lt. Faunda. “During the week of Jamboree, all of our statistics go up. The number of crashes we handle goes up, the number of arrests we make also go up.”

It’s not just those behind the wheel that could be dangerous this week.

“In addition to vehicles, we’re also checking pedestrians walking on the roadway,” says Lt Faunda. “You cannot be impaired if walking on the roadway and a lot of accidents are caused by impaired people walking on the road.”

The St. Clairsville Post says at this time last year their OVI arrests were up 19% while their arrests overall increased by a third.

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