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For Immediate Release: May 15, 2015
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan (614) 752-2792

Safety belt enforcement focus of next 6-State Trooper Project

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be joining forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to focus on safety belt enforcement. The week-long initiative will take place from Monday, May 18 at 12:01 a.m. through Monday, May 25 at 11:59 p.m.

This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Ohio State Highway Patrol, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police.

In 2014, 450 people died in traffic crashes on Ohio’s roadways while not wearing a seatbelt, out of 745 total deaths. In the last five years, 61 percent of traffic fatalities in Ohio were unbelted.

“Wearing a safety belt is a nearly effortless way to stay safer while on the roadways,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “All motorists should buckle up every trip, every time.”

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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