Driver’s Beware: OSHP Steps up Patrols in Cuyahoga Co.

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GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- If you are a 'pedal to the metal' kind of driver and you drive on the interstate in Cuyahoga County, here's a warning: slow down! There is an increase in the number of patrols throughout the county, and those patrols are not going away.

If you have driven on any interstate in Cuyahoga County in the past month, you may have noticed a lot more State Highway Patrol cars on the road.

There is a good reason for that. In June, the Ohio State Highway Patrol opened up a Cleveland Post on Broadway Avenue in Garfield Heights.

"We were concerned about the fatal accidents that are occurring within the county and also the crime that is occurring within the county," said Lt. Antonio Matos, of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

Twelve troopers, four sergeants and one lieutenant make up the 17 uniformed officers currently serving at the Cleveland Post. The increased patrols have not gone unnoticed by drivers of the interstate.

"I think it's better; it keeps the highway a lot more safer," said Deray Woolum, of Medina.

"Anytime that we can just help the local departments and basically just be a good neighbor to all the local departments, that is what we are trying to do," added Matos.

Since the Cleveland Post opened up a little more than a month ago, the Highway Patrol has seen an increase in the number of OVI and drug arrests.

"We are out here trying to help people and save lives and the way the State Highway Patrol does that is through aggressive traffic enforcement, and that is why we are out there working the interstates," Matos said.

"No, I'm not surprised at all," said Woolum. "A lot of people come from here to get stuff and bring it back to wherever they are from."

A lot of those arrests have come as a result of minor traffic violations.

"If they have a light out during the evening hours, but it's also the traffic violations whether it's speeding, not using your turn signal or weaving down the road," said Matos.

If you're unemployed and looking for work, why not consider the Ohio State Highway Patrol? They are now hiring troopers to patrol the roadways.

"We are aggressively trying to hire new troopers just because of attrition, lot of retirements that are coming up and so we are not increasing our man power, we are just trying to maintain our man power," Matos said.

If you're interested, there are a few requirements you must meet. You must have a high school diploma to start.

"Ohio citizens, or U.S. citizens also, they do need to have a valid driver's license, they have to be at least 20 years old and be 21 years old by the time they graduate program," Matos added.

The Cleveland Post is trying to reach a goal of 50 troopers, but the State Highway Patrol is always in need of a few good men and women.