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5 Minutes for Life

5 Minutes for Life 5 Minutes for Life – a component of Ohio’s Start Talking Initiative – is an educational campaign led by the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio National Guard and local law enforcement. Troopers, law enforcement officers and National Guard members speak with students about responsible decision-making and encouraging those in their peer group to live a drug-free lifestyle. To schedule a presentation, email us or call 614-752-2792.

Sobriety Checkpoints

Sobriety checkpoints are enforcement tools the Ohio State Highway Patrol utilizes throughout Ohio to reduce and ultimately eliminate alcohol-related crash fatalities and injuries.

The principal benefit of a sobriety checkpoint is its deterrent effect on impaired drivers or potential impaired drivers. When administered properly according to the judicial guidelines and law enforcement agency policies for officer and motorist safety, sobriety checkpoints are a safe and effective deterrent to impaired driving and are the ideal complement in our state’s OVI enforcement efforts.

Although a large number of OVI arrests are not expected, there is a greater perceived risk of arrests because of awareness efforts. Enforcement is frequently complemented by education, and deterrence is enhanced by awareness. This balanced mix is essential to efficiently use agency resources and maximize the potential to reach preset goals and objectives.

On June 14, 1990, the United State Supreme Court reviewed and upheld the use of sobriety checkpoints as a valid enforcement tool if operated within guidelines. Such guidelines include choosing a site for the checkpoint with a long term history of alcohol-related crashes and/or incidents of impaired driving; notifying the public; clear and established objectives for each checkpoint; and emphasis on safety. For more information, visit the National Center for State Courts’ Traffic Resource Center.

Road Watch 100

Road Watch 100 is a joint initiative with the Ohio Trucking Association to reduce the number of fatalities in crashes involving commercial vehicles to below 100 by 2020.

On average, 161 people die each year in crashes involving commercial vehicles, but statistics show that in 2/3 of these fatal crashes, other vehicles driving unsafely around trucks are at fault. OSHP advises motorists to:

  • Be mindful of a commercial truck’s blind spots.
  • Do not follow too closely or change lanes right in front of or behind a truck.
  • Always yield if you don’t have the right-of-way.
  • Keep your eyes on the road.

Below 100Below 100

Ohio law enforcement agencies have joined the nationwide effort to reduce officer line-of-duty deaths through the Below 100 campaign. Below 100 aims for fewer than 100 line-of-duty deaths annually across the U.S., which has not occurred since 1944, by teaching officers how to improve day-to-day practices in the interest of their own safety.

The Patrol is doing its part by offering the free training in regional locations throughout the state. Below 100 is specifically designed to address areas most directly under an officer’s control, with five tenets:

  • Wear your belt
  • Wear your vest
  • Watch your speed
  • WIN – What’s Important Now?
  • Remember, complacency kills

The Patrol, the Ohio Attorney General (AG), Buckeye State Sheriffs’ Association (BSSA), Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP), and Nationwide Insurance have partnered to bring Below 100 training to Ohio. Officers can sign up to attend a Below 100 session through the Public Safety Training Campus.

6-State Trooper Project6-State Trooper Project

Several times each year, this multi-state partnership provides combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing. The Ohio State Highway Patrol joins the Indiana State Police, Kentucky State Police, Michigan State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the West Virginia State Police to bring attention to issues such as impaired driving, illegal drugs, illegal weapons and unbuckled driving. Find press releases about these enforcements in our newsroom.

Move Over, Slow Down Law

Ohio’s Move Over Law requires motorists to cautiously shift over one lane – or slow down if changing lanes is not possible – when passing any vehicle with flashing lights on the side of a road.

Move over laws now exist in all 50 states to protect everyone who works and travels on our roads.

We are committed to enforcing this law and educating the public about its importance. From 2011- 2015, there were 67 OSHP patrol car crashes that appear to be related to the move over law.

Do your part to keep roadway workers safe by moving over a lane or slowing down when you see an emergency vehicle on the side of the road! It’s the law and the right thing to do.

Junior Cadet Week

Each year, select high school students interested in learning about law enforcement have the opportunity to apply for Junior Cadet Week – an intense, five-day training course at the Ohio State Highway Patrol Academy.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol provides the training facilities, staff and curriculum while the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary covers the cost of food and housing for each cadet plus program materials.

Junior Cadet Week is a joint program of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Ohio American Legion, Buckeye Boys State, Ohio American Legion Auxiliary, Buckeye Girls State and the Ohio State Highway Patrol Auxiliary. Click HERE for more information.

Contact Us

Call #677 or click HERE to email.

Physical Location & Certified Mail Address
Ohio State Highway Patrol
1970 West Broad Street
Columbus, Ohio 43223

Mailing Address
Ohio State Highway Patrol
PO Box 182074
Columbus, Ohio 43218-2074

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