Cops to increase patrols Sunday


YOUNGSTOWN -- Extra police will be on the streets Sunday for a "Super Bowl Blitz" beginning at 1 p.m.
The goal is to increase safety on the roads during traditional celebrations associated with the football event. Eight officers will work staggered hours and concentrate on speed, safety belt and child restraint violations, said Lt. Robin Lees, public information officer. Officers' overtime will be paid by a state grant.
In addition, a special police task force will be on the lookout for drunken drivers Sunday from 8 p.m. to midnight.
Saturation patrols will look for drivers operating a vehicle while impaired and they will be conducted by the OVI (operating a vehicle while impaired) Task Force. Police agencies from Mahoning County will have additional officers on patrol, enforcing a zero tolerance for OVI offenders and those not wearing safety belts.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, nearly 50 percent of all traffic fatalities during the Super Bowl weekend last year were caused by impaired drivers with blood alcohol of 0.08 percent and above.

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