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Patrol's Traffic Enforcement Yields Illegal Weapons Arrests

Story By: Larry Stine

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 2/4/2014 The Ohio State Highway Patrol's effective traffic enforcement efforts are paying off as in 2013, troopers made 550 arrests for possession of illegal weapons. This represents a 39-percent increase from 2012. Illegal weapons arrests have risen each of the last five years, climbing 75-percent over this period. "Every day our troopers are out on the roadways taking felons out of your communities," says Lt. Michael Vinson, Bucyrus Post Commander. "By being observant and spotting criminal indicators, drugs, illegal weapons and dangerous drivers are removed from the roadways. The patrol's illegal weapons arrests occurred in 75 of Ohio's 88 counties last year, with Cuyahoga County topping the list at 49, followed by Franklin County at 34 and Warren County at 31. In 36-percent of the patrol's illegal weapons arrests last year, the offender was also charged with OVI with 31-percent of the weapons arrests having resulted in the offender being charged with a drug offense. Motorists are reminded that public participation is critical to highway safety and motorists are asked to contact the patrol to report impaired drivers or drug activity.
   
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