LIMA — This is your warning if you are traveling state Route 117 from Lima to U.S. 33.
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be concentrating on that stretch of roadway to target crash-causing violations in an effort to curb crashes, Lt. David Brown of the Lima Post of the state patrol said.
From 2011 to 2016, crashes on state Route 117 over a four-county stretch resulted in 16 deaths. More than 50 percent of those people killed happened between 1 p.m. and 6 p.m., Brown said.
Last year, troopers issued 388 traffic tickets and arrested 12 impaired drivers on state Route 117, Brown said.
The Ohio Department of Transportation has installed new traffic sing warnings of increased patrol presence at the Allen and Auglaize county line reading “Target Enforcement Area.”
The increase in patrols start this weekend and run through the Labor Day Holiday weekend.
Reach Greg Sowinski at 567-242-0464 or on Twitter @Lima_Sowinski.