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For Immediate Release: July 31, 2014
Contact:  Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

 

Multi-state challenge kicks off to reduce traffic deaths and injuries

COLUMBUS – In an effort to reduce traffic deaths and injuries, the Ohio State Highway Patrol will take part in the I-90/94 Challenge, a multi-state, multi-jurisdictional initiative from Friday, August 1 through Monday, August 4. The goal is zero fatalities and fewer than 300 total crashes across the entire Interstate 90/94 corridor during the four day period.

Ohio will band together with 14 other states to complement and enhance the effectiveness of existing local, state or federal highway safety effort.

Troopers will provide updates on the challenge with #9094challenge and encourage drivers to use the hashtag once they safely reach their destination.

“Law enforcement officers across the country want motorists to reach their destinations safely,” said Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “Drivers can do their part by obeying traffic laws and always buckling up.”

Friday through Monday of each week traditionally experiences the most fatal crashes of any four day period along I-90/94, according to data of the last three years. Troopers are urging motorists to slow down, wear safety belts, drive sober and pay attention.

The challenge supports the International Association of Chiefs of Police initiative The Drive Campaign to reduce traffic deaths and injuries across the U.S. by 15 percent nationwide. It will be led by the Minnesota State Patrol.

 

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