Thursday, May 19, 2011

Natural Resources to intensify enforcement of laws this up-coming holiday week

If you're planning on visiting a state park between May 23 and June 5 you better remember to slow down and buckle up.

During this period the Ohio Department of Natural Resources' law enforcement officials intend to be a component of the state's "Click It Or Ticket" program. The department's officers will patrol Ohio's 75 state parks in an effort to get drivers to slow down and for motor vehicle occupants to wear their seat belts.

Last year in Ohio for the same campaign the state saw an 84-percent seat belt use of the vehicles that were stopped. The compliance target this year is 85 percent.

The Ohio Department of Natural Resources has been active in addressing state park motor safety issues since 1990.

Nor is the Natural Resources Department stopping there, either. The Department's Watercraft Division officers will be out in force to ensure that safe boating rules are followed, including against driving a vessel while under the influence.

And if you choose to try and fish without a license be forewarned as well. The state's Ohio Division of Wildlife officers plan on checking for fishing licenses during this period, which includes the always-busy Memorial Day holiday weekend, May 28 through 30.

- Jeffrey L. FRischkorn

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