Patrol to target I-80 in Valley, part of national crackdown

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio State Highway Patrol will target Interstate 80 in Ohio over a two-day period in an effort to curb serious injury crashes and criminal activity.

The patrol is teaming up with law enforcement along the interstate from California to New Jersey beginning Friday, Aug. 28 through Sunday, Aug. 30.

The goal of initiative is to have zero fatalities during the saturation period and to apprehend drivers who use the interstate system for criminal activity.

Lieutenant Brian Holt with the Warren Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol says felony drug arrests are up in the Valley and they will be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

“We are taking everything into account whether it be human trafficking, narcotics, drugs, stolen property. Just an awareness that we are out here.”

Residents are urges to help by calling #677 to report impaired drivers or suspicious activity.

“We all share the responsibility of making our roadways safer places to travel,” Pride said. “Troopers do their part by removing dangerous drivers from roadways, and we ask the public to do their part by obeying traffic laws and never driving impaired or distracted.”

The campaign is supported by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and all 16 patrol agencies with responsibilities along the road.

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