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For Immediate Release: February 7, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792

Patrol’s 2011 Trooper Shield yields impressive results

Provisional fatalities numbers are down, criminal patrol numbers are unprecedented

COLUMBUS – A year ago troopers were asked one simple question under the Patrol’s new mantra, Trooper Shield - What are you going to do today to contribute to a safer Ohio? 

And troopers answered. They answered with hard work which translated into increased OVI arrests and drug seizures and a decrease in the number of people killed in motor vehicle crashes. This hard work contributed to safer roadways and an increased quality of life in Ohio communities.

Provisional statistics reveal 997 confirmed deaths on Ohio’s roadways in 2011, with an additional 32 unconfirmed deaths. Even if all the unconfirmed fatalities make their way into the confirmed category, there is still a significant decrease over 2010 - when 1,080 people lost their lives in motor vehicle crashes in Ohio.

“Even though we made great strides in 2011 – we will remain focused on continuing these successes into 2012 and beyond,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “We have a lot of work left to do. Too many people are losing their lives on Ohio’s roadways and too many criminals continue to traverse our highways.”

As part of the Trooper Shield mantra, the Patrol placed an increased emphasis on their criminal patrol efforts. By doing this, troopers were able to seize an unprecedented amount of drugs - removing them from Ohio communities. Overall increases were seen in every significant category of illegal contraband: prescription pills seizures increased by 46 percent, cocaine was up 663 percent, heroin was up 69 percent and marijuana was up 7 percent.