The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office is announcing their annual July 4 traffic safety initiative.

Sgt. Robert Toker states there will be extra patrols beginning July 3 through July 5. The enforcement effort will target high traffic areas within the county. Deputies will be focusing on impaired driving but will also be strictly enforcing speed and safety belt violations as well.

The July 4 holiday brings an increased traffic presence on Harrison County’s roadways especially around the MWCD lakes. These areas will be specifically targeted with an increased presence. An additional 50 hours of overtime will be worked during this three day period. Funding for the overtime is provided by the Impaired Driving Enforcement Program as part of the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. To report possible impaired or aggressive driving violations dial 911 or contact the Sheriff’s Office at (740) 942-2197.

The Harrison County Sheriff’s Office wishes everyone a safe and happy Fourth of July holiday weekend and as always “Don’t text and Drive!”