Ohio State Highway Patrol
Media Release


General Headquarters — Columbus, Ohio


For Immediate Release: May 23, 2006
Contact: Lt. Tony Bradshaw (614) 752-2792


Patrol begins innovative fatal traffic crash mapping through Google Earth™ satellite imaging
COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol is unveiling detailed information about Ohio’s 2005 fatal traffic crashes utilizing Google Earth™ satellite imaging downloads through the Patrol’s Web site at www.statepatrol.ohio.gov/google.htm.

Visitors to the Patrol’s Google Earth™ Web site will be able to view vehicle, alcohol, commercial, and motorcycle crash locations; map surrounding crash locations; and view specific crash details.

“It is imperative that motorists are educated about traffic safety and understand the dangers on Ohio’s roadways,” Colonel Paul McClellan, Patrol superintendent said. “Providing accurate and detailed information utilizing Google Earth™ will help to inform troopers as well as the public about these problem areas.”

Nearly 20 percent of traffic crash deaths are occurring in Ohio’s five major metropolitan areas. Troopers are utilizing highly-detailed mapping, such as provided by Google Earth™ and other Geomapping software, to better combat traffic dangers in problem areas. The effectiveness of traffic stops on impacting traffic crashes is also now possible through Global Satellite Positioning (GPS) mapping of Patrol cruiser locations.

“Troopers across the state are focused and dedicated to reducing traffic fatalities, injuries, and tragedy on Ohio roadways by educating drivers and enforcing Ohio’s traffic laws,” Colonel McClellan said. “The motoring public must continue to assist troopers in these efforts by obeying all traffic laws, reporting impaired or aggressive drivers, and buckling up each and every time they travel.”

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