T he Ohio State Highway Patrol and local law enforcement are stepping up to a challenge to reduce traffic crash fatalies in our area.
The Patrol has joined "the I-75 Challenge" along with officials from Florida to Michigan. The effort, which runs through March 30, creates heightened traffic violation enforcement along the Interstate 75 corridor from the Sunshine State to Michigan.
Troopers in Ohio will be targeting safety belt usage, aggressive driving and speeding, and OVI-related violations.
Highway safety officials say too many traffic crash deaths are happening along the large I-75 corridor.
The Patrol will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to remind all drivers along I-75 to #Drive2SaveLives and #StayAliveon75. The initiative comes as the Patrol partners with several federal agencies to implement combined highway safety campaigns such as More Cops. More Stops. and Drive to Save Lives.
"One thing we know is that traffic crashes are preventable. We want to educate the motoring public to make better decisions - and maybe even change their driving behaviors - to reduce crashes and fatalities," explained Colonel Paul Pride, Patrol superintendent. "No matter what state you are traveling in, we want you to arrive at your destination safely."
The I-75 Challenge is being spearheaded by the Florida Highway Patrol, and brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.