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Trooper Project will focus on I-70 this weekend

COLUMBUS – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will join forces with other members of the 6-State Trooper Project this weekend in an effort to reduce unsafe driving behaviors along Interstate 70.

There was a spike in fatal crashes on the interstate 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 is joining other members of the 6-State Trooper Project to continue the effort to save lives on Interstate 70. Troopers will target speed, safety belts and impaired driving in the initiative that starts October 7 and ends October 9. This high- visibility enforcement effort will include the Indiana State Police, Pennsylvania State Police and the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

“Fewer people have died as a result of traffic crashes on Interstate 70 this year,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Patrol superintendent. “We have to continue our efforts to prevent that number from going back up. I’m honored to partner with fellow law enforcement in the region in this initiative.”

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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