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Highway patrol teams up with Youngstown Police Department on I-680



Published: Tue, March 18, 2014 @ 9:57 a.m.

Highway patrol teams up with Youngstown Police Department on I-680

CANFIELD

The Canfield Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, along with the Youngstown Police Department, has and will continue to place an increased emphasis on traffic enforcement on the Interstate 680 corridor during peak crash days and times throughout 2014. From 2009-2013, I-680 experienced eight fatal, 337 injury, and 876 property damage crashes with the majority due to unsafe speed.

The Canfield post has the objective being to get motorists to obey the speed limit by placing officers on the 680 corridor in the city of Youngstown, and Boardman, and Austintown townships.

Law enforcement will target all violations with an emphasis on speed, following too closely, improper lane changes, OVI, seat belt violations, and failing to move over or slow down to a stopped emergency and public safety vehicle. Officers will utilize aircraft to assist with ground operations.

During three days last week, the patrol and the Youngstown Police Department issued more than 100 traffic tickets on I-680 for speed.

Motorists are reminded to obey the posted speed limit, don’t drive impaired or distracted, and buckle up all of the time.


Comments

1Attis(917 comments)posted 9 months ago

Pure HIghway Robbery. At Midlothian the speed limit suddenly (and almost without warning) drops from 65mph to 50mph for no good reason. Most of the citations/robberies occur right there. Why not post additional signs reminding drivers that the speed limit changes instead of having a sudden 15mph drop from one inch to the next? Because the police coffers would not be overflowing?

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2DevilPrideWR(3 comments)posted 9 months ago

We travel the stretch of 680 from Midlothian to 80/76 every day. The speed limit changes at South Ave where the traffic becomes heavier and narrows from six lanes to four. The road becomes much curvier and while 50 is annoying, it is appropriate especially during rush hour traffic. The first commenter is right though, there is only one small warning sign on the side of an overpass.

Just give yourself enough time and obey the laws. Then you won't be paying ridiculous fines.

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3INTHEKNOW55(13 comments)posted 9 months ago

680 speed does not change to 50 until you get to South Ave. It changes to 60 just before Midilothian.....now coming the other way at Meridian it goes from 65 to 50 with little warning!!!

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4republicanRick(1248 comments)posted 9 months ago

Is speeding on 680 a bigger problem than crime and lawlessness in Youngstown?

Why not take those police and put them into Youngstown solving and stopping real crimes and the crimes that contribute to the city's decline.

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5Attis(917 comments)posted 9 months ago

I meant Meridian, not Midlothian; sorry; absolute speed trap and illegitimate gold mine for cops.

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6NickSerra(4 comments)posted 9 months ago

I hate that the speed limit is 50mph on that section of the freeway.

If you can't handle going 65 on that stretch of 680 then you need to hand over your license. There's no reason it should be 5mph more than several residential roads in Boardman.

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