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(Delaware County, OH) May 13, 2013 - Colleges and universities have begun holding commencement ceremonies, and throughout Delaware County more than half a dozen high schools will soon hold their graduation events. The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has increased visibility on the roads in an effort to decrease serious traffic accidents.  More Sheriff’s Deputies will be on patrol to help prevent speeding, aggressive and drunk driving.


“Graduation is an exciting and liberating phase in teens’ lives,” explains Delaware County Sheriff Russ Martin. “But inexperience, high speed, alcohol and/or drugs greatly increase the chances of traffic crashes.”

More Sheriff’s Deputies will be patrolling the roadways and neighborhoods during high risk times throughout the next few weeks. The increased patrols are made possible through a grant from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office. This grant pays for overtime costs associated with the increased patrols.

During this graduation season, the Sheriff’s Office reminds citizens that Parents Who Host Lose The Most. Adults who host parties are legally responsible for anything that happens to a minor who consumes alcohol or drugs at their home. If your child attends a party, please remember these helpful tips:


  • Network with other parents - call the host of the party before the event.       
  • Know how your child is getting to the party and back home. 
  • Remind them to never get in a car with anyone who has consumed alcohol or drugs. No matter how late it is, let your child know you will be happy to come get them!