Tuesday, September 14, 1999

Police spread word about I-275 traffic crackdown




BY WILLIAM A. WEATHERS
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The nearly 30 police agencies that patrol Interstate 275 spent Monday working to inform motorists about operation “Circle Cincinnati” — an effort to reduce crashes on I-275.

        Speeders and tailgaters should soon notice more police on the 88-mile circle freeway, Ohio State Highway Patrol Capt. D.E. Kolcum said Monday.

        “The big thing today is just getting the word out,” said Capt. Kolcum of the Wilmington highway patrol post. “Today was more or less the kickoff. I'd like to think over a two-week period the person that drives I-275 will notice an increased police presence.”

        Projections are for 2,019 crashes on the Ohio portion of I-275 this year, an increase of 17 percent from the 1,787 in 1998.

        More than half of the crashes in 1998 and nearly 50 percent of this year's were caused by following too closely or making an improper lane change, the patrol said.

        “Circle Cincinnati” is scheduled to run through Thanksgiving.

        “We're going to work different day and different times,” Capt. Kolcum said of theincreased patrols.

        It will probably take at least a month to gauge whether the program is successful, Capt. Kolcum said.

       



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