The State Highway Patrol will step up enforcement on failure to yield violations, which it says are “the largest contributing factor for serious injury and fatal crashes in Hancock County.”

The patrol says it will focus on these violations, including stop sign and red light violations, starting next week and continuing through the rest of the summer.

“Unfortunately we have seen a large increase in fatal and serious injury crashes this year alone, and when we look back at a one-year period from May 2018 through the end of May this year, we have had 60 crashes in which people were either seriously injured or killed,” said Findlay Post Commander Lt. Matt Crow.

According to the patrol, 14 people have been killed in accidents in Hancock County so far this year, compared to 11 fatalities for all of 2018.

Troopers from the Findlay post will be assisted by the OSHP Aviation Unit, and troopers from the Lima and Bowling Green posts.

During this enforcement effort, there will be zero tolerance for failure to yield violations, the patrol said.

The patrol encourages everyone to come to a complete stop and take an extra moment to ensure the road is clear before proceeding through a stop sign or red light.