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For Immediate Release: October 14, 2015
Contact: Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Patrol participated in successful multi-state project on I-70

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued nine OVI arrests, 31 safety belt citations and 249 speed citations in the duration of the latest 6-State Trooper project. The initiative focused on the Interstate 70 corridor, beginning on October 9 and ending October 11. The Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol participated in the enforcement.

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

“The Patrol was out last weekend to remind motorists that slowing down, buckling up and driving sober are important actions that make our roadways safer,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “This was just one effort to save lives. We will continue to look for dangerous behaviors on I-70 as well as throughout the whole state.”

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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