Labor Day traffic patrols heightened

First-responders are bracing for heavy traffic congestion over the Labor Day holiday weekend.

Motor-vehicle crashes are the leading nationwide cause of death for children ages one through 12-years-old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Law-enforcement agencies in Curry and Del Norte counties typically step up patrols and use federal and state grants to add additional officers for holiday traffic enforcement.

Local authorities say officers will be looking for aggressive driving, speeding, improper lane changes, and intoxicated or impaired drivers.

Fines for such violations can be costly, ranging into the thousands of dollars, depending on the violation and subsequent court action.

Meantime, Port Orford Police Chief Hank Hobart said his officers are partnering with other law-enforcement agencies in conducting a two-week safety-belt enforcement campaign that will continue through the Labor Day weekend.

“The enforcement efforts will continue throughout the year at various times, especially during holiday weekends and during large civic events,” Hobart said.

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