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Monday, May. 23, 2022

OSP post gears up for Fourth weekend

VW independent/submitted information

The Van Wert Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol is preparing for one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.

Troopers from the Van Wert Post will be concentrating on enforcing crash causing and seatbelt violations over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. OVI (drunk driving) and distracted driving offenses will also be a point of emphasis that troopers will be looking to enforce.

osplogoLieutenant Tim Grigsby, commander of the Van Wert Post, says he does not want to see a serious injury or fatal crash permanently impact a family when such a tragedy can easily be avoided.

“Our goal is to ensure that all citizens traveling this weekend get to and from their destinations safely,” he noted.

Lt. Grigsby further stated that responsible behavior is often a key to traffic safety.

“If you are going to consume alcohol, please think ahead and designate a sober driver to get you where you are going,” he noted. “Wearing your seat belt and paying attention to the road and your surroundings greatly improves your ability to avoid a life altering crash.”

With several major thoroughfares running through Van Wert and Paulding counties, the Van Wert Post is expecting an abundance of out of state traffic as well. Lt. Grigsby advises drivers to be patient and alert when traveling this weekend.

“U.S. 24, U.S. 30, and U.S. 127 are going to be busy this weekend.” Lt. Grigsby stated. “Be aware of changing speed limits and follow detour routes.”

To report aggressive or impaired driving, drug activity or to receive roadside assistance, motorists can dial #677 to contact the local post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. For more information, visit the Ohio State Highway Patrol at

POSTED: 06/29/16 at 7:53 am. FILED UNDER: News