SOUTHINGTON, Ohio (WYTV) – It’s quite a challenge. It’s the I-80/I-35 Border-to-Border Traffic Safety Challenge. The goal is a fatality-free weekend along the 2,900 miles of I-80 from New Jersey to California and the 1,700 miles of I-35 from Texas to Minnesota.
Of course I-80 crosses the Mahoning Valley, so the Ohio State Highway Patrol and Pennsylvania State Police are part of this effort. “Just an awareness that we’re out here”, says Warren patrol post Commander Lt. Brian Holt. “Zero tolerance policies on aggressive violations and impaired driving. As always, we’re continuing to look for the criminal element on our interstate system.”
August tends to be a deadly month on the nation’s interstates. Lt Holt recommends calling #677 if you spot a suspected impaired driver. “#677 is a good program, that when that’s called you can report impaired drivers or criminal activity and that will go to the closest State Highway Patrol post in Ohio. We will either handle it if it’s in our jurisdiction or we will ensure that it goes to the proper authorities.”
And Lt Holt reminds you that the patrol is about more than accidents and speeding tickets. “We are taking everything into account, whether it be human trafficking, narcotics, drugs, stolen property.”
The effort coincides with the National Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign.