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  For Immediate Release: October 12, 2016
Contact: Sergeant Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

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

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol issued two OVI arrests, 19 safety belt citations and 283 speed citations during the latest 6-State Trooper project. The initiative targeted speed, safety belt use and impaired driving on the Interstate 70 corridor from October 7 through October 9. The Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol participated in the enforcement.

There was a spike in fatal crashes on Interstate 70 by this time last year, including 17 total fatal crashes and seven caused by a motorist operating a vehicle impaired (OVI). This led law enforcement to focus on the interstate to correct behavior and enforce traffic laws. As of this year, there have been 13 fatal crashes on Interstate 70, including four caused by OVI.

“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 this interstate as well as throughout the entire 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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