Ohio State Highway Patrol and Indiana State Police release results from Operation Blue Light

James Crosby | 9/6/2013, 11:11 a.m.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol, in conjunction with the Indiana State Police just completed a three month enforcement effort, dubbed Operation Blue Light, focused on Interstate 70 from the West Virginia/Ohio state line to the Indiana/Illinois state line. The effort ran from June 4 – August 31.

During the initiative Ohio troopers from criminal patrol, motor carrier enforcement, aviation and troopers from the Dayton, Springfield, West Jefferson, Granville, Zanesville, Cambridge and St. Clairsville Posts made 21,192 traffic stops. These stops yielded 138 impaired drivers, 524 safety belt violations, 482 commercial vehicle citations and 131 drug arrests. From these drug arrests troopers confiscated more than four pounds of marijuana, 24 pounds of cocaine, 24 pounds of heroin and 362 illegal prescription pills.

Ohio troopers also seized three weapons and recovered five stolen vehicles while assisting 6,480 motorists.

Troopers from Indiana made 16,067 traffic stops, yielding 94 impaired drivers, 861 safety belt violations, 1,001 commercial vehicle citations and 54 drug arrests. From these drug arrests troopers confiscated more than 2,417 pounds of marijuana, 24 pounds of cocaine and 7.5 pounds of bath salts.

Multi-agency enforcement efforts and information sharing are critical to making our roads and communities safer for everyone.The enforcement effort was a coordinated traffic safety effort aimed at reducing fatal and injury crashes by targeting aggressive driving, drug and alcohol impaired drivers and seatbelt violations. The second element of the effort focused on criminal patrol, human trafficking and identifying and recovering stolen vehicles and cargo.