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Numbers in on Holiday Road Enforcement


(Holland) - The numbers are in, and they aren’t that bad.

            According to Holland Police Sergeant John Darrow, who was one of the leaders of a multi-agency crackdown on Lakeshore roads, state troopers, sheriff’s deputies and the Tulip City’s finest teamed to pull over 246 vehicles between December 23rd and January 3rd.

            Among those stops, just six were driving under the influence, which was the focus of extra patrols here and across the state that were funded by state dollars. The other numbers:

            15 speeding tickets

            7 traffic signal infractions

            5 misdemeanor arrests

            4 drivers with suspended licenses

            1 illegal turner

            1 adult not buckled up

            1 child not properly restrained

            48 other moving violations

            Darrow was pleasantly surprised by the low number of drunk driving arrests, citing heavy publicity locally and nationally aimed at cracking down on those who would get behind the wheel when having one too many.

            Only one traffic-related fatality was noted during this period in the immediate Lakeshore area – 43-year-old Sherie Compagner died last Wednesday when she blew through a stop sign on Ransom Street and 120th Avenue in Holland Township and slammed into a pickup truck. Her funeral was held this morning in Grand Rapids.

-Gary Stevens, WHTC/WYVN News