Through effective traffic enforcement the Ohio State Highway Patrol is significantly impacting the criminal element on public roadways and in communities. By troopers taking extra time during each traffic stop, and paying close attention to possible indicators of criminal activity — what started as a traffic stop can quickly escalate into a felony arrest.
Through June of this year the Patrol reports 2,685 felony cases, with 46 percent related to a felony drug charge and nearly 27 percent related to a felony assault charge.
In addition, troopers have made 4,728 drug arrests during the first six months of 2013, an increase of 18 percent over the same time-frame in 2012, and an increase of 42 percent when compared to the previous three-year average.
During the first 6 months troopers have seized more prescription pills with stimulants up 101 percent; depressants up 87 percent; and hallucinogens up 77 percent when compared to the previous three-year average.
Drivers are encouraged to call #677 to report impaired driving or drug activity.