Operation CARE kicks off with law enforcers from W.Va., PA & Ohio

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On Thursday, the Operation CARE kickoff provided a graphic reminder to all drivers that there will be eyes on them wherever they go this weekend.

Operation CARE has some tips for your Memorial Day weekend driving, whether it’s to the beach or just to the store.

  • They say construction zones are three times more likely to cause you a delay this year, so factor that into your time plans.
  • Stay focused.
  • Drive with your lights on.
  • Don’t get behind the wheel if you’ve consumed alcohol or drugs.

“Is it broad daylight out and your pupils are dilated when they shouldn’t be? We look for odors you may be emitting due to consuming drugs,” said Lt. James Faunda, OSHP Post Commander.

And realize there are no warnings for seat belt violations; you’ll automatically get a citation.

Distracted driving can also get you a citation, whether it’s cell phone use, eating, reading the paper or dealing with kids in the back seat.

Operation CARE actually lasts all summer and through the Labor Day weekend in the fall.

But of the three summer holidays, they say statistically, Memorial Day is the “deadliest” in terms of crashes ending in death.

This year, officials say drivers can expect three times the delays and stops in construction zones.

“The construction sites are gonna be very busy right now. The weather’s good, it’s been a long winter and winter’s taken a toll on the roadways,” said Lt. Faunda.

They urge drivers to watch other drivers.

In Ohio, it’s easier than ever, just dial  four digits, to report drivers who are swerving, falling asleep or driving aggressively.

“Maybe it’s a medical. Maybe it’s just distracted and they’re a hazard. Please call #677 and you’ll get a local highway patrol post usually from your area and will definitely coordinate resources to get there,” said Major Josh Swindell, OSHP Columbus.

And click it or ticket means just that.

“Troopers in Ohio do not give warnings for seat belts. So if we find you not wearing your safety belt, we will issue a citation for that,” said Lt. Faunda.

Operation CARE includes all three summer holidays through Labor Day weekend.

This weekend, they’ll have 100-percent of all troopers out, all hands on deck to make the roads as safe as possible.

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