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For Immediate Release: June 29, 2012
Contact: Lt. Anne Ralston, Ohio State Highway Patrol (614) 752-2792

6-State Trooper Project to kick-off multi-state OVI enforcement effort this weekend

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project for an OVI enforcement initiative June 29 – 30 in an effort to reduce OVI-related fatal and injury crashes. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

Troopers in Ohio will focus on high OVI-related crash areas and utilize OVI checkpoints and high-visibility saturation patrols in an effort to deter impaired driving. Last year 340 OVI-related fatal crashes killed 411 people in Ohio.

“The Ohio State Highway Patrol takes the crime of impaired driving seriously,” explained Colonel John Born, Patrol superintendent. “Impaired driving is a crime that puts innocent people’s lives in danger”

The Patrol will be conducting a total of 18 OVI checkpoints in Athens, Brown, Gallia, Geauga, Hamilton, Huron, Jackson, Jefferson, Lucas, Madison, Mercer, Perry, Preble, Stark and Wood counties this weekend. Additional OVI saturation patrols will contribute to this effort across Ohio.

The 6-State Trooper Project is a multi-state law enforcement partnership aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.

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