Ohio State Highway Patrol Joins Police In Columbus To Curb Crashes
The State Highway Patrol and Columbus police have formed a partnership targeting traffic enforcement on Interstates 70 and 71 within the central Ohio city.
They say 80 percent of the fatal crashes occurring in Franklin County this year have been within the city of Columbus on the major interstate routes. Authorities say the main factors contributing to those crashes were drivers following too closely, failing to yield and failing to maintain control.
Officials say they hope a more visible law enforcement presence will decrease the traffic violations that cause crashes.
Troopers and officers will focus their efforts on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday during peak travel hours.
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs says traffic fatalities are preventable most often by obeying traffic rules and exercising patience.