Slow down: Troopers targeting I-75 this weekend

Posted at 7:19 PM, Feb 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-19 19:28:34-05

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers and Kentucky State Police are focusing on speed, safety belt and impaired driving enforcement in a special effort along Interstate 75.

Members of the 6-State Trooper Project began the high-visibility effort Friday and will continue it through Sunday at 11:59 p.m.

"The goal is for every motorist in Ohio and our neighboring states to get home safely," said Col. Paul Pride, OSP superintendent.

Michigan State Police are joining in the project.

Last year, State Highway Patrol officials said, there were 14,151 crashes related to operating a vehicle under the influence on Ohio roadways, killing 390 people and injuring 8,435. OVI-related crashes last year accounted for 35 percent of all fatal crashes in the state.

The 6-State Trooper Project is aimed at providing combined and coordinated law enforcement and security services in the areas of highway safety, criminal patrol and intelligence sharing.