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For Immediate Release: October 2, 2014
Contact:  Lt. Craig Cvetan or Sgt. Vincent Shirey (614) 752-2792

“I-75 Challenge” resulted in speed, safety belt, OVI citations

COLUMBUS – Zero fatal crashes occurred on the Ohio stretch of Interstate 75 during the latest I-75 Challenge, a high-visibility enforcement involving law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Ohio State Highway Patrol Troopers wrote 373 speed citations and 32 safety belt citations during the three-day period. Fifteen motorists were arrested for OVI.

The initiative began Friday, September 26 at 12:01 a.m. and ended Sunday, September 28 at 11:59 p.m. Troopers in Ohio focused on speed, safety belt and OVI enforcement during the initiative.

“Troopers provide an invaluable service by removing dangerous motorists from Ohio roadways,” said Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. “I am proud of the work we do and of our collaboration with other states in this challenge.”

The I-75 Challenge brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan to focus specifically on the Interstate 75 corridor. This was the third challenge of the year.

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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