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Patrolman Jon D. Birchem
Patrolman Birchem, a member of the Swanton post on the Ohio Turnpike, was in pursuit of two speeding vehicles in Wood County. He was fatally injured when he lost control of his vehicle and hit a concrete bridge pillar.

January 30, 1945 – February 27, 1967
Hometown: Prospect
70th Academy Class: June 10, 1966


Patrolman James P. Gardner
Patrolman Gardner was the victim of a fatal traffic crash. He was a member of the Massillon post.

September 8, 1923 – February 28, 1948
Hometown: Warren
23rd Academy Class: September 10, 1947

OSHP dashcam shows what happens when drivers don't 'Move Over, Slow Down'

From NBC 24:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol continues to remind drivers of Ohio's Move Over law with its 'Move Over, Slow Down' campaign. more

Reminder: Wear Your Seatbelt

From Cleveland Scene Magazine:

Car crashes during snow storms aren't rare. But getting video of somebody getting thrown from his car during one is. more

6-State Trooper Project targeted speed, safety belt, OVI on I-75


COLUMBUS – During the latest 6-State Trooper Project, the Ohio State Highway Patrol and other members of the partnership targeted speed, safety belt and OVI violations along I-75. OSHP issued 322 speed citations, 18 safety belt citations and eight OVI arrests as part of the enforcement from Friday, February 20 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. more

Waterville man says OSHP trooper saved his life

From 13abc:

It was a rare Friday off, for Mike Celusta, 26, of Waterville.

He works for a local school system and the cold weather had cancelled classes for the day.
But he was heading in to finish up some things before the weekend, when his day took an unexpected turn. more

PHOTOS: OSHP highlights danger of travel in white out conditions

From NBC24:

With another round of measurable snowfall expected in northwest Ohio, officials with the Ohio State Highway Patrol's post on the Ohio Turnpike are hoping that this Saturday will not be the same as last.

During white out conditions caused by blowing snow, February 14, troopers out of OSHP's Milan post responded a pair of multi-vehicle crashes including one that took the life of a mother and her unborn child. more

6-State Trooper Project to focus on I-75

6-State logo

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement along Interstate 75. The initiative will take place from Friday, February 20 at 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, February 22 at 11:59 p.m. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police and Ohio State Highway Patrol. more

Destination Mahoning Valley: Heroin on the state’s highways

From WKBN 27:

Sergeant Jeff Greene, with the Ohio State Highway Criminal Patrol unit, sits behind his computer at the Warren Post with pictures of heroin seizures spread across his desk. Most of the deadly cargo can be weighed in kilos, some measured in grams.

It was a busy year for the Patrol–over 14,000 grams of heroin were seized on the state’s highways in 2014. The number seems high, and it is, but it is less than the 46,000 grams seized in 2013. more

Public drug overdoses encourage vigilance

From the Gallipolis Daily Tribune:

A recent rash of public drug overdoses, two of which resulted in death at a pair of local businesses, has residents and business owners in the Ohio Valley on edge.

In the past week, there have been four reported public drug overdoses. They occurred at a car dealership, a dry cleaning facility, a restaurant and a rest area — all in Gallia County. more

Patrol Announces 2014 Leadership Awards

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the winners of their 2014 Leadership Awards today. more

Heroin, crack ‘easy’ to find in central Ohio, state report shows

From the Columbus Dispatch:

Illegal drugs including crack cocaine and black-tar heroin, plus opioid painkillers and Suboxone — prescribed to help heroin addicts kick the habit — are routinely available in central Ohio, a state report shows.

However, access to illegal “bath salts” and synthetic marijuana is down because of new state laws, the latest Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network report says. more

Ohio State Highway Patrol warns drivers about following too close

From WFMJ:

A crash on Interstate 80 heading in the east bound near Bailey Road lane tied up traffic Monday morning, however the Ohio State Highway Patrol says accidents like these can be avoided if drivers follow the rules of the road. The truck driver in that crash was cited for failure to assured clear distance which is a misdemeanor.

Sergeant Michael Wilson said, "One common mistake is following too closely or not paying attention. Assured clear distance is not allowing yourself enough room to stop and striking the vehicle in front of you, or trying to avoid the vehicle in front of you by swerving. The citation is issued after an accident since there is evidence such as damaged vehicles." more

Troopers seize heroin, crack cocaine in Ross County

Heroin and crack cocaine

Troopers stopped a 2015 Chevrolet Suburban, with Ohio registration, for marked lanes and unsafe lane change violations on U.S. 35 eastbound, near milepost 26, in Ross County at 7:45 p.m., on February 5. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed a package containing approximately 74 grams of suspected heroin and another package containing 125 grams of suspected crack cocaine behind the center display. The contraband has a street value of $23,750. The passenger, Tyrone L. Jackson, 39, of Columbus, Ohio was incarcerated in the Ross County Jail and charged with possession of heroin and crack cocaine, both first-degree felonies.    

Fewer people driving drunk, but drug use on the road is rising

From the Washington Post:

There are fewer drunk drivers on the road, but their place has been taken by people high on marijuana and prescription drugs, according to two reports from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The number of inebriated drivers has declined by almost a third since 2007, but a 2014 survey found that nearly one in four on the road tested positive for a drug that endangered them or others, NHTSA said. more

Ohio patrol uses electronic tickets to cut errors, save time

From the Akron Beacon Journal:

Drivers pulled over by Ohio troopers are getting printouts instead of hand-scribbled citations as the State Highway Patrol expands an electronic ticketing system to reduce errors, make paperwork easier to read and cut the time officers spend outside during stops.

Troopers previously wrote drivers’ license and offense information on carbon-copy forms, which were checked and compiled at patrol posts and hand-delivered to courts.

Now they’re using mobile computers to import license data and fill out citations. more

58 Sworn Officers received the Ace or Criminal Patrol Awards

The Ohio State Highway Patrol announced the recipients of their 2014 4th Quarter Ace and Criminal Patrol Awards today. The recipients were honored with the Ace Award or Criminal Patrol Award at a ceremony held at the Patrol’s Training Academy today by Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. Troopers are continually looking “beyond the plate” in order to remove drugs from Ohio communities and return stolen vehicles to their rightful owners.

The Ace Award is for excellence in auto larceny enforcement. Each winner will receive a certificate, uniform ribbon, and an Ace license plate for display on his or her cruiser. The Criminal Patrol Award is for excellence in felony enforcement and is given yearly to those who open at least 12 felony cases. Each winner will receive a certificate and uniform ribbon presented to him or her. more

Ohio Pushes For Mandatory Education Course For First-Time Drivers

From 10TV:

In Ohio, anyone 18-years-old and older can take the drivers' test without taking drivers' education course.  But the state's Department of Public Safety wants to change that and increase fines to help some people pay for it.

For most adults, getting a driver’s license means taking the written exam and the road test.

It seldom includes taking a driving course. more

New Push to Remind Drivers to Move Over

From ABC 6:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol is making a big push this month to remind drivers about Ohio's Move Over Law. 

"The law requires all drivers to move over one lane when passing any vehicle with flashing or rotating lights parked on the roadside. If moving over is not possible due to traffic or weather conditions, or because a second lane does not exist, motorists should slow down and proceed with caution." more

Motorcycle deaths are down sharply, NHTSA report says

From the LA Times:

Motorcycle fatalities on U.S. roadways dropped dramatically in 2013 for the first time since 2009.

It's only the second time annual deaths have fallen since 1997. But as automobile deaths continue to fall, with better safety features in cars, motorcycle fatalities for 2013 accounted for a growing share of all traffic deaths -- 14%, up from 9% a decade ago. more

Troopers find hydrocodone, marijuana in Hancock County


Troopers stopped a rented 2013 Kia, with Illinois registration, for speed and following too closely violations on Interstate 75 southbound, near milepost 157 in Hancock County at 10:41 p.m. on January 27. During interaction with the driver, troopers observed in plain view a bag of marijuana fall out of the suspect’s coat pocket. A probable cause search revealed 200 hydrocodone, worth $4,800 located in a briefcase in the back seat. The driver, Brian Bowman, 43, of Detroit, Mich., was incarcerated in the Hancock County Jail and charge with possession of schedule II substance, a second-degree felony.

Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk | Make designating a sober driver your game plan this Super Bowl Sunday

COLUMBUS – As Super Bowl Sunday is historically a day when many friends and family have gatherings involving alcohol, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is urging fans to be safe this Sunday by refraining from drinking and driving. If you plan on consuming alcohol, be sure to designate a sober driver to get you home safely. more

Troopers seize 235 pounds of marijuana in Lorain County traffic stop


ELYRIA – A man and a woman are facing felony drug charges after Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers seized 235 pounds of marijuana, worth approximately $1,200,000 following a traffic stop in Lorain County.

Troopers stopped a 2007 Chevy 1500 pick-up truck, with Nevada registration, for marked lanes and failure to signal violations on Interstate 80, near milepost 133, at 3:53 p.m. on January 21. Criminal indicators were observed and a Patrol drug-sniffing canine alerted to the vehicle. A probable cause search revealed the contraband. more

Man gets 10 years in fatal shooting

From the Star Beacon:

A Cleveland man accused of shooting and killing another man in a dispute over a woman accepted a plea bargain Tuesday and was sentenced to 10 years.

With his trial on two counts of aggravated murder set to start Tuesday, Gertis J. Perry pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of involuntary manslaughter with a firearm specification before the jury was seated. more

Woman honored for saving man's life with Kool-Aid


From 610 WTVN:

The Ohio State Highway Patrol honored a Jackson County woman who used Kool-Aid to save the life of a man involved in a head-on crash last month.

Ramona Jenkins was getting ready to head to work on the morning on December 6 when she heard a crash outside her home on SR 93. She found two vehicles had crashed and one of the vehicles was on fire. She tried to open the doors, but they were all stuck.

"Finally the rear passenger door opened and when I looked in there was a crate that had two jugs of Kool-Aid in it," Jenkins said. more

Troopers, deputies honored for response after I-75 shooting

From Fox 19:

Six law enforcement officers are receiving a top award from Ohio's State Highway Patrol leader for their actions in approaching a Kentucky murder suspect in a scene that shut down a highway.

Four troopers and two Butler County sheriff's deputies were scheduled Monday to get the Superintendent's Citation of Merit Award. A patrol spokesman says it's a rare honor typically recognizing people who put their safety at risk to protect others. more

New edition of the Flying Wheel now available!

Flying Wheel

Featured in this issue:

-Remembering Colonel Robert Chiaramonte

-Completion of the Thomas P. Charles Leadership Wing

-Below 100: a new course prioritizing officer safety

-Winners of the Best Brats competition

Signal 30: The Gruesome film that made cars safer

From BBC:

In 1958, an accountant from the US state of Ohio named Richard Wayman hatched an idea to improve the behaviour of young motorists by presenting – in blood-soaked colour – the sickening outcomes of bad driving.

Armed with a police-band radio and a handheld movie camera, the amateur documentarian prowled the night in search of vehicular carnage. He found plenty. His called his first highway safety film Signal 30, the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s radio code for a fatal wreck. This shaky, 28-minute film would forever change the public’s perception of automotive safety. more

Crash survivors, responders urge safe driving

From WTOV 9:


It's been a long road for three Buckeye Local students who survived a serious car crash 4 months ago.

On Friday, school officials wanted to make sure it's a road no one else has to travel during a ceremony at the high school. Students listened to a former first responder and a current Ohio State Highway Patrol Trooper, people who have seen too many tragedies and are urging everyone to drive safely.

It all starts with seatbelts. more

Ross County a finalist for anti-heroin program

From the Chillicothe Gazette:

As the search for how to best battle heroin addiction continues, Ross County has been selected as one of four communities being considered as a possible pilot site for the Heroin Partnership Program.

The program will focus on treating opioid addiction primarily as a public health problem, attacking it through a special partnership of law enforcement, the courts and public health groups. more

Seat belts a factor in majority of 2014 fatal crashes

From the Newark Advocate:

In more than half of the fatal crashes in Licking County in 2014, the death could have been prevented if the victim had been wearing a seat belt, officials say.

Eleven of the 17 deaths in crashes last year involved drivers or passengers who were not restrained. The number of crashes and deaths both increased from 2013, a year in which the number of deaths was unusually low for Licking County and the state. more

Superload continues journey through Coshocton

From the Coshocton Tribune:

Hauling nearly 1 million pounds of cargo along Ohio's roads is no easy task, and moving a BP Superload through eastern Ohio has not been without its headaches.

But after several delays, the 959,000-pound turbo generator destined for Africa's Republic of the Congo. is finally making its slow and steady journey from Mount Vernon to Bellaire Harbor. more

Troopers: Clermont County man killed in drunken ATV crash

From WCPO-9:

A Clermont County man was killed Wednesday night in an ATV crash authorities said involved alcohol.

Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers said Jeremiah T. Busam, 40, was operating a 2007 Polaris Sportsman 800 Quadrunner northbound on Shiloh Road at about 7:10 p.m. when he traveled off the right side of the roadway and struck a mailbox. more

Car concerns: What to do if you must pull over to the side of the road

From Fox 8:


There is nothing worse than driving home from work and running into car trouble, but what should you do to protect yourself if you have to pull off to the side of the road?

The Ohio State Highway Patrol urges drivers to prepare now in case you have an emergency later. more

Intoxicated Flushing man hits officer with car

From WTOV9:

A state trooper for the Ohio State Highway Patrol was struck by intoxicated driver who did not obey the trooper's order to stop.

This happened around 6 p.m. Saturday night on High Street in Flushing, Ohio. more

How to Stay Safe While Stranded in a Cold Car

From WTRF 7News:

Belmont County, Ohio - One of the worst places to be caught when the bitter cold temps set in is stranded in your broken down car.

More than 20 thousand drivers end up stuck on the side of Ohio roadways every winter and are helped by the State Highway Patrol. more

Troopers seize $32,500 worth of marijuana


Troopers stopped a 2004 Chevy Avalanche, with Ohio registration for following too closely and obstructed rear license plate violations on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 133, in Lorain County at 3:12 p.m., on January 6. Upon approaching the vehicle, troopers detected an odor of raw marijuana coming from inside the vehicle. A probable cause search of the vehicle revealed more than six pounds of marijuana, worth an estimated $32,500. The driver Joseph A. Rodriguez, 29, of Campbell, Ohio, was incarcerated in the Lorain County Jail and charged with possession of marijuana and trafficking in drugs, both third-degree felonies.

Work goes on, even in the cold

From 13ABC:


The Ohio State Highway Patrol hits the road no matter the conditions.

But before troopers get behind the wheel, they make sure they have the tools to be visible.

"If it's a traffic stop we obviously have our emergency lights  on and activated," Sgt. Shaun Robinson with OSHP said.  "If it's a crash scene or something else we're wearing our florescent vests along with our lights." more

Roadside trouble? Dial #677

From 19 Action News:


A white sheet covers a body laying on the ground right next to a small white car. That was the grim scene left behind along I-490 after a woman was hit by a car and killed earlier Tuesday. Investigators say she appeared to be trying to put air in one of her tires. more

Troopers seize 103 grams of heroin


Troopers stopped a 2015 Buick Verano, with New York registration, for speed and marked lanes violations on Interstate 80 eastbound, near milepost 69, in Wood County at 11:54 p.m., on January 1. Criminal indicators were observed and a consent to search the vehicle was granted. During the search, troopers discovered 103 grams of heroin, worth $15,450 located in the vehicle’s trunk. The driver, Gerik V. Raglin, 28, of Olympia Fields, Ill., was incarcerated in the Wood County Justice Center and charged with possession and trafficking in heroin, both first-degree felonies.

Eight fatalities over New Year’s Holiday

New Year's

Eight people were killed on Ohio’s roadways during the 2015 New Year’s Holiday, a five-day reporting period beginning December 31 at 12 a.m. and ending January 4 at 11:59 p.m.

This is a decrease from 2013, the most recent comparable reporting period of five-days, in which 12 people were killed.

During this year’s reporting period, troopers arrested 365 drivers for impaired driving. In addition, troopers cited 479 people with aggressive driving, arrested 183 motorists for drug-related offenses, and cited 982 people for safety belt violations. more

Trooper hit on I-475 while responding to crash

From 13ABC:


I-475 is once again open between Perrysburg and Maumee after a state trooper was hit near the Anthony Wayne Trail.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol tells 13abc the trooper was responding to a crash involving two trucks, and was outside of his cruiser when another car slid into him.

The impact knocked the trooper over the guardrail and into a steep ditch. Rescuers had to toss him a rope and used it to pull the trooper to safety.

He was conscious and talking to emergency crews, and was taken to a local hospital in stable condition. more

Speeding tickets dip where it’s 70 mph

From the Columbus Dispatch:

From the Dispatch

State Highway Patrol troopers have been writing fewer speeding tickets on Ohio interstates where the limit increased to 70 mph from 65 mph nearly 18 months ago, but a spokesman said it’s not for lack of enforcement.

“We’ve not become any less aggressive in our enforcement campaigns to keep people safe and keep roadways safe,” said Lt. Craig Cvetan, patrol spokesman.

The 70 mph limit took effect in July 2013 on rural stretches of I-70, I-71, I-77, I-75 and I-90. Commercial trucks used to have to keep to 55 mph but now can go 70 mph, too. more

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