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For Immediate Release: September 25, 2014
Contact:  Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

Patrol joins “The I-75 Challenge” with speed, safety belt, OVI focus

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will team up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for the third I-75 Challenge. The initiative begins Friday, September 26 at 12:01 a.m. and ends Sunday, September 28 at 11:59 p.m. This effort is a high visibility enforcement initiative aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Troopers in Ohio will be focusing on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement during the initiative.

Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people every year in America, and local law enforcement and highway safety officials agree that too many of those fatalities are happening on I-75. In 2012, more than half of the people killed in traffic crashes were NOT wearing seat belts; approximately 10,300 people were killed in impaired-driving crashes; and over 10,200 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. The Patrol will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to remind all drivers along I-75 to drive safely.

“Initiatives such as the I-75 Challenge highlight how valuable collaboration between states can be to roadway safety,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “By combining forces, we bring more awareness to the value of safety belt usage, as well as the dangers of high speed and impaired driving.”

The I-75 Challenge brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

Throughout 2014, the Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement campaigns, like More Cops. More Stops. and the Drive to Save Lives campaigns to reduce fatalities nationwide.

 

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