Ohio State Highway Patrol troopers net 18 impaired drivers, write nearly 650 …

The Ohio State Highway Patrol wrote more than 700 tickets along Interstate 75 as part of a multi-state effort March 28-30 to improve safety on the highway. 

COLUMBUS, Ohio — State troopers wrote up 642 speeding tickets and arrested 18 drivers for operating a vehicle while intoxicated during a crackdown last weekend on Interstate 75.

And during the multi-state crackdown March 28-30, there were no fatal crashes along the nearly 1,800-mile-long highway.

Ohio was joined in the I-75 Challenge by Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida, the latter of which organized the effort.

In Ohio, where I-75 runs for about 210 miles from Toledo through Cincinnati, the Ohio State Highway Patrol targeted violations of seat belt usage laws, aggressive driving and speeding and impaired driving.

Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people a year nationally, according to the patrol. More than half of those killed in 2011 were not wearing seat belts. About 9,900 deaths were related to impaired-driving crashes and nearly 10,000 deaths were from speeding-related crashes.

During the weekend, state troopers wrote tickets for 102 safety belt violations, as well as the speeding and impaired driving arrests.

“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,” Ohio State Highway Patrol Col. Paul A. Pride said in a statement. “But we still have work to do – there are far too many people losing their lives on our roadways.”