Cops out in full force during holiday season

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LIMA — Local law enforcement agencies in Allen County will be out in full force through Jan. 2, looking for and cracking down on impaired drivers this holiday season, according to the Lima-Allen County Safe Community Coalition.

Over the past decade, 104 people died in crashes in Allen County, a coalition spokesperson said. During 2016, 14 people died as a result of a traffic crash and so far in 2017, 11 people have died.

The underlying reasons for many of these deaths include impaired driving, speed and failure to use seat belts. Local law enforcement officials want to stop this unnecessary loss of life.

“If we catch you driving impaired, we will arrest you,” said Lt. Timothy Grigsby, commander of the Lima post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol. “No exceptions. No excuses. We will be out in force to get impaired drivers off the road. We want everyone to play it safe. If you plan to go out drinking — always designate a non-drinking driver or find a different way home.”

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