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Patrol joins ‘The I-75 Challenge’ with More Cops – More Stops

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Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:52 pm
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Updated: 7:15 pm, Tue Apr 1, 2014.

Patrol joins ‘The I-75 Challenge’ with More Cops – More Stops

COLUMBUS — The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be teaming up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for The I-75 Challenge. This effort is a high visibility enforcement initiative aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Troopers in Ohio will be targeting safety belt usage, aggressive driving/speed and OVI-related violations during the initiative that begins tomorrow and continues through March 30.


Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people every year in America, and local law enforcement and highway safety officials agree that too many of those fatalities are happening on I-75. In 2011, more than half of the people killed in traffic crashes were NOT wearing seat belts; approximately 9,900 people were killed in impaired-driving crashes; and nearly 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes. The Patrol will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to remind all drivers along I-75 to #Drive2SaveLives.

“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.

In 2014 the Ohio State Highway Patrol is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement campaigns, like More Cops. More Stops. and the Drive to Save Lives campaigns to reduce fatalities nationwide. #StayingAliveon75 #Drive2SaveLives

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014 3:52 pm.

Updated: 7:15 pm.

Roadway open again following rollover on I-75 in North Naples

Update:

Traffic has cleared following a crash on Interstate 75 near mile marker 111.

The Florida Highway Patrol reports the roadway is clear. Two people were injured in the crash, but not seriously, according to paramedics.

Earlier:

First responders are at the scene of a single-vehicle rollover that happened just after 6 p.m. on Interstate 75 in North Naples.

The crash happened in southbound lanes between mile markers 110 and 111, according to Michelle Batten, a spokeswoman for the Collier County Sheriff’s Office. Deputies have blocked off one southbound lane, she said.

Jerry Sanford, a spokesman for North Naples Fire and Rescue, said the driver lost control and crashed into the woods, overturning. An adult and a child are being treated for minor injuries, he said.

Law Enforcement Intensifies Patrol Efforts on I-75

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“Every life that is saved is another graduation, another birthday, another anniversary and another holiday without sadness.”

This weekend you can expect to see more law enforcement on I-75. That’s because they are participating in an intensified enforcement effort called “Staying Alive on I-75.”

“Actually this campaign is a nation-wide campaign. International Association Chiefs of Police conducted something similar last year and the past couple of years and Florida has decided to get on board and kind of coordinate the campaign on I-75 throughout the country,” said Major Gene Spaulding of the Florida Highway Patrol.

The Florida Highway patrol is working in conjunction with the Georgia State Patrol and other law enforcement agencies across 6 states to help eliminate fatal crashes on I-75.

Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan are participating in the campaign, which covers the entire 1,786 miles of the interstate.

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“Partnerships work, partnerships save lives and that’s what we’re trying do is cooperate and work with each other and through these partnerships we can reduce traffic fatalities on our interstate,” said Capt. Chris Wright of the Georgia State Patrol.

Drivers say they would prefer more officers patrolling the roads.

“I like the increase of law enforcement on the highways, I’ve noticed a lot of police officers, I think it’s a great idea, we’re from Michigan so we’re coming to sunshine state,” said Debbie Hutchison.

Florida Highway Patrol launches ‘Staying Alive on 75′ initiative targeting …

Expect increased patrols this weekend and for three more weekends this year as Florida Highway Patrol troopers step up enforcement along Southwest Florida’s main highway.

A new initiative called ‘Staying Alive On 75′ pairs Florida troopers with law enforcement agencies in a handful of other states with the overall goal of reducing deaths on I-75 by 15 percent in the year 2014.

“It’s a public awareness campaign, it’s a public education campaign,” said spokesman Lt. Greg Bueno. “We want to make sure the public and motorists understand the importance of driving safely.”

Troopers on I-75 are using aircraft to step up their enforcement through the weekend. Bueno said this weekend’s focus is on distracted driving.

“Distracted driving isn’t just being on the phone,” he said. “It’s eating, it’s engaging in intensive argument, it’s having your mind on work.”

Future weekends will include focus on other issues with motorists including driving while impaired.

"Staying Alive on I-75" Enforcement Effort This Weekend – Sun

There is a three day effort by law enforcement that begins today in six states that Interstate 75 goes through to reduce traffic fatalities.

Called “Staying Alive on I-75,” highway patrols in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan will have special details along 1,786 miles of the interstate.

Troopers will focus on distracted drivers and will also watch for aggressive motorists, speeders, those who didn’t buckle up and whether commercial vehicles are safe.

The extra patrols will happen through Sunday, Florida Highway Patrol said.

FHP offered these tips for safe travel:

  • Buckle up.
  • Obey all speed limits;
  • Drive sober and alert;
  • Don’t text, talk on the phone, adjust the radio or take your eyes off the road.
  • Be rested before your road trip and give yourself enough time to get where you need to be.
  • Make sure your equipment is ready to support you and your loved ones:  Check tire pressure, treads and fluid levels.

And I’ll add a pet peeve of my own:  If you can read the license plate of the vehicle ahead of you, you’re too close! Don’t tailgate. It just leads to crashes and road rage.

Note those white broken lines on the pavement, and keep one for every 10 mph between your car and your predecessor. That means if you’re driving 70 mph, you’ll want to have seven white lines between your car and the next vehicle in front.   

 

 

State Patrol targets drivers this weekend – Sentinel

State Patrol targets drivers this weekend
The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be teaming up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for The I-75 Challenge. This effort is a high visibility enforcement initiative aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities.
Troopers in Ohio will be targeting safety belt usage, aggressive driving/speed and OVI-related violations during the initiative that continues through Sunday.
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.

Elevator stuck at BGSU
Three students were stuck in an elevator on the Bowling Green State University Campus Wednesday night.
The incident, at the Falcon Heights residence hall, 707 E. Merry Ave., was reported at 8:09 p.m. The elevator became stuck on the third floor.
Fire personnel were called to the scene. However, before crews could arrive, the doors were able to open on their own and the students exited the elevator without incident.
The elevator was to be evaluated by BGSU personnel.
Fire personnel returned to service at 8:31 p.m.

Mazey invited to land-grant board seat
Bowling Green State University President Mary Ellen Mazey has been invited by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) to serve as on the Voluntary System of Accountability (VSA) Oversight Board for a two-year term.
The VSA is an initiative created by public universities to supply straightforward, comparable information on the undergraduate student experience through a common website, the College Portrait. It is sponsored by the APLU and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. The function of the VSA Oversight Board is to provide direction and guidance to the VSA team in the accomplishment of project goals.

Forecast
Tonight – Cooler with lows around 30.
Saturday – Snow and rain likely, mainly in the afternoon. Total snow accumulation around an inch possible. Cooler with highs in the upper 30s. Northeast winds with gusts up to 30 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent. Chance of snow overnight 60 percent. Lows in the mid 20s. North winds with gusts up to 30 mph.
Sunday – Mostly sunny with highs around 50 and lows in the mid 30s.

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Six states partnering for ‘Staying Alive on I-75′

The Florida Highway Patrol is collaborating with five other states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free today through March 30.

All six states that line Interstate 75 (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan), will be participating in an intensified enforcement effort called “Staying Alive on I-75.”

By all states working together, the entire 1,786 miles of I-75 will be covered under this enforcement action.

The “Staying Alive on I-75″ is being conducted in support of a nationwide initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to reduce traffic fatalities in the United States by 15 percent this year.

During the three day period, law enforcement agencies in each state will conduct special details on I-75. The details will focus on distracted driving.

In addition, troopers will be checking for aggressive drivers, speeders, seat belt use, and commercial vehicle safety.

While these focus areas are something the Patrol does every day, it is the first time that the six states have teamed up to ensure multi-state travelers will see consistent enforcement throughout their trip on the interstate.

FHP Participating In Effort To Keep I-75 Safe





News Release: The Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Highway Patrol is collaborating with five other states in an effort to keep the roadways safe and fatality-free today through March 30. All six states that line Interstate 75 (Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan), will be participating in an intensified enforcement effort called “Staying Alive on I-75.” By all states working together, the entire 1,786 miles of I-75 will be covered under this enforcement action. The “Staying Alive on I-75” is being conducted in support of a nationwide initiative by the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) to reduce traffic fatalities in the United States by 15 percent this year.

During the three day period, law enforcement agencies in each state will conduct special details on I-75. The details will focus on distracted driving. In addition, troopers will be checking for aggressive drivers, speeders, seat belt use, and commercial vehicle safety. While these focus areas are something the Patrol does every day, it is the first time that the six states have teamed up to ensure multi-state travelers will see consistent enforcement throughout their trip on the interstate.

“This partnership, and the one we formed with the seven states that line Interstate-10 over Labor Day holiday, demonstrates the Patrol’s commitment to public safety,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol. “No matter what state you are traveling to or from, we want you to arrive at your destination safely.”

The Patrol offers the following tip for safe travels on the roads, whether going a long distance or a short drive:
• Buckle up. A seatbelt is your vehicle’s most important safety feature;
• Obey all speed limits;
• Drive sober and alert;
• Eliminate driver distractions such as texting, talking on the phone, adjusting the stereo, etc. Anything that can take your eyes off the road, even a second, can lead to a crash.
• Get plenty of rest before setting out on a long trip and allow plenty of time to reach your destination;
• Take steps before you leave to prepare your vehicle for the trip i.e. checking tire pressure/condition and fluid levels.

What other state’s law enforcement leaders are saying about “Staying Alive on I-75”:

GA: Georgia will be participating with increased patrols along I-75 by state troopers and commercial vehicle enforcement officers with the Motor Carrier Compliance Division. “Partnering with other state law enforcement agencies along I-75 from Florida to Michigan demonstrates a commitment to keeping everyone safe as they travel,” said Colonel Mark W. McDonough, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Safety. “Every life is important to us, whether the person is traveling through our state or just making a short trip from one exit to another.”

TN: “The Tennessee Highway Patrol is proud to participate in this multi-state campaign. I have challenged all members of the Tennessee Highway Patrol to think strategically and use all available resources to help reduce the number of fatalities in Tennessee, not just this weekend, but throughout this entire year,” stated Colonel Tracy Trott of the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

KY: KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer says “the Drive to Save Lives strategy brings top law enforcement agencies together, from across the country, in a ‘force-multiplying’ effort that will reduce traffic crashes and fatalities.” “Traffic enforcement in today’s society is ever changing,” says Brewer. “Moving forward, what I think we will see is more partnerships like this between law enforcement agencies to provide a more effective traffic safety plan.”

OH: “Multi-state partnerships like this one, illustrate the true value of working together to make each respective state a safer place to live, work and travel,” said Colonel Paul A. Pride, Superintendent, Ohio State Highway Patrol.

MI: “Multi-state efforts like this one underscore law enforcement’s commitment to public safety,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the MSP. “The Michigan State Police is pleased to serve as a partner in this initiative and is dedicated to saving lives and preventing injuries on the state’s roads.”