For Immediate Release: June 18, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston (614) 752-2792
Patrol’s effective traffic enforcement yields felony arrests
47 percent of the felony arrests in 2011 were for a drug-related offense
COLUMBUS – Through effective traffic enforcement the Ohio State Highway Patrol is significantly impacting the criminal element on our public roadways and in our communities. By troopers taking extra time during each traffic stop, and paying close attention to possible indicators of criminal activity, what on the surface seems to be a rather routine traffic stop – can turn into something much more significant.
In 2011, the Patrol made 3,573 felony traffic stops. Of these stops, 74 percent involved a trooper “looking beyond the license plate” to detect criminal activity and making a felony arrest. The other 26 percent are attributed to a felony warrant apprehension. In addition, troopers made 6,137 drug arrests in 2011, of these arrests 2,885 were felony arrests – making up 47 percent of total felony arrests for the year.
“Every day our troopers are out on the road- taking felons out of our communities,” said Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent.
Through April of this year, troopers have made 1,407 felony stops. This is a 17 percent increase when compared to the first four months of 2011. Through April 2012, felony stops have occurred most frequently in Franklin County with 156 arrests, Lorain County with 59 arrests, Fairfield County with 51 arrests and Cuyahoga County with 50 arrests.
Drivers are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired driving or drug activity.
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