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For Immediate Release: October 7, 2015
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Patrol joins multi-state enforcement effort this weekend on I-70

Fatal crashes on this stretch of road have almost doubled this year

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project this weekend in an effort to reduce unsafe driving behaviors along I-70. Fatal crashes on this highway have almost doubled, with 17 occurring so far this year, including seven involving drugs and/or alcohol. As of this time last year, there were nine fatal crashes, including three involving alcohol and/or drugs.

From 2010 to 2014 in total, 63 fatal crashes occurred on Interstate 70 in Ohio, including 21 that involved an impaired driver.

Troopers will target speed, safety belts and impaired driving in the initiative that starts October 9 and ends October 11. This high-visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“We’re concerned about the increase in fatalities on I-70 in the last year. Make no mistake—troopers will be out all weekend to look for the violations that often lead to fatal crashes,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “It’s up to all of us to keep our roadways safe, and we ask all motorists to make smart decisions to avoid endangering themselves and the motorists traveling around them.”

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. It includes the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Kentucky State Police, Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police, West Virginia State Police and the Michigan State Police.

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