Troopers up patrols for high-risk drivers on Ohio Turnpike

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BEREA, Ohio – If you’re planning to use the Ohio Turnpike this weekend, you can expect to see a lot more state troopers.

They’re going to be out in full force, looking for any high-risk drivers.

"It's not uncommon for us to stop vehicles for traveling in the 90-mile-per-hour range up here. That is a high risk. They're risking everyone's lives, not only in that car, but also the vehicles that are around them,” said Lt. Rick Reeder. “In my personal opinion, one of the highest risk behaviors is driving while impaired, be it drinking and driving or using some sort of drug, legally or illegally."

He said the Ohio State Highway Patrol is taking part in the Interstate 80/Interstate 35 challenge. It involves law enforcement agencies from 16 states. Their mission is to reduce and prevent serious injury and fatal crashes.

"We wanted to kick off the holiday weekend with making everyone aware this weekend and so this initiative works right into that weekend,” he explained.

State troopers and employees of the Ohio Turnpike met to talk more about the initiative, and recalled some of the experiences they’ve had on the highway.

"I have seen everything. I have seen people putting on make-up, of course eating, shaving, reading the newspapers, and then the thing that we see the most is people with cellphones,” said Executive Director of the Ohio Turnpike Randy Cole.

He said they also want to remind drivers about the state’s move over law. If you see flashing lights on the side of the road, you’re supposed to move over. If you can’t, then you should at least try to slow down.

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