SHARON TOWNSHIP, OH (WOIO) - Motorists have been speeding down State Route 18 in Medina County for years; however, that's all about to change as the Ohio Department of Transportation readies a zero tolerance policing initiative to curb the corridor's mounting accidents and fatalities.
From 2008 to 2016, the 5-mile stretch of road -- which extends from Windfall to Medina Line Roads between Sharon and Granger Townships -- has seen 563 crashes and nine fatalities, according to ODOT.
ODOT will be testing stricter penalties in this area starting in the late winter or early spring.
Last week, officials got the green light to move forward with the plans for the first safety corridor in the state.
ODOT will provide funding for overtime for police officers enforcing the speed in this zone more often.
Officials say it will be up to police as to how they will enforce the "zero tolerance" speeding policy. Stricter ticketing will be up to officer discretion.
ODOT has already made some moves to make the road safer.
Last year crews installed speed feedback signs and rumble strips for drivers.
Some drivers we spoke to aren't happy about stricter speed enforcement.
"It's going to be a little rough getting used to it. I imagine we'll be getting stopped a few times," said Carol Lunsford.
Sandy Moreland thinks tougher speed enforcement will be good for drivers.
She's seen too many accidents on this road.
"I agree with it wholeheartedly. There's some really crazy drivers on this road lately because there's more people turning off and they don't have any patience. Someone needs to slow them down," she said.
Starting in 2019, ODOT will also improve signage and add right turn lanes in some spots, according to its website.
ODOT expects to have more information on plans for the safety corridor in the late winter or early spring.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated drivers would be ticketed for going 1 mile over the speed limit because this is the information we were given from Sharon Township officials. Cleveland 19 News regrets the misinformation.