The state highway patrol is taking action more than ever to keep Ohio drivers safe.
Troopers are responding to more and more incidents, and they're doing it in an ever-changing mobile office.
The fleet started off in 1933 with mostly motorcycles and a few coaches. The 50s brought the highway patrol its first single red mounted light. And the first moving radar came into play in the early 70s.
As time moved on, so did technology. Today's Dodge Charger becoming Ohio’s symbol of highway safety.
Lt. Craig Cvetan of the Ohio Highway Patrol says the Charger has a powerful engine and a higher top speed. He says subtle, yet high tech upgrades over the years are helping troopers on the road. They include technology like an electronic stabilization system, which is now standard in every cruiser.
“The country roads we drive on, they can be curvy.” Cvetan explains. “Highways at high speeds, things like that. The car is constantly making corrections so that the vehicle remains on the roadway.”
Another upgrade is an electronic ticketing system. It allows troopers to print violations with the swipe of a driver’s license.
Cvetan says it’s more than just a time saver. “It’s an officer safety thing. That's less info they have to input into something so they're not distracted from the person they have stopped, or traffic on the side of the road.”
But the numbers tell the real story of how much more efficient troopers are while patrolling in their cruisers. Since 2010, the numbers of incidents have gone up year after year.
The numbers of citations for speeding and drugs have gone up too. Drug arrests jumped 26% in one year.
A lot has changed since 1933 when the Highway Patrol put out its first cruiser on Ohio roads. But one thing that hasn't changed with all the technology is how troopers do their job.
Cvetan says troopers are still observant. “They're still looking at things that just don't fit into place. They're still looking for violations, looking for aggressive drivers, impaired drivers. They're still doing the same exact thing.”
The only difference today is their cruiser is their office, allowing them to get back to the roads faster and protect drivers in their time of need.