CANFIELD, Ohio (WKBN) – Following too closely and not paying attention are two of the biggest issues facing police officers and troopers as they patrol traffic coming in and out of the Canfield Fair.
Fair time is the perfect storm for traffic congestion. Busy Route 224 and the long Labor Day weekend play a role in increased traffic. The Canfield Fair is one of the biggest fairs in the state of Ohio, so attendance is expected to high. In addition, Friday night football at Canfield High School adds to the lines of vehicles around the fairgrounds.
“We would just encourage people to take extra time, know that there is going to be more cars on the road and know that some of them are going to be turning in and out of the fair,” said Lieutenant Nakia Hendrix, Ohio State Highway Patrol. “Put that cell phone down. It can wait until you get parked. Don’t fidget with the radio or anything like that, pay attention.”
One way to avoid some of the congestion this weekend will be to take advantage of the school bus shuttles running back and forth from the main gate to the high school and avoid using some of the busier access roads. If you do get in a minor crash without injuries, troopers suggest pulling off to the side of the road and wait for help.
“You are safer than staying in traffic, and then there may be other crashes that occur in what we call the cue in the backup from that initial collision,” said Hendrix.
Troopers urge all motorists, wherever they travel this holiday weekend, to pay attention and be patient.