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Multiple states join 'I-75 Challenge' to reduce traffic fatalities this weekend

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COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) -

The Ohio State Highway Patrol will be teaming up with law enforcement officials from Florida to Michigan along the Interstate 75 corridor for "The I-75 Challenge."

This effort is a high visibility enforcement initiative aimed at reducing traffic crash fatalities. Troopers in Ohio will be targeting safety belt usage, aggressive driving/speed and OVI-related violations during the initiative that begins March 28 and continues through March 30. 

Traffic crashes kill more than 33,000 people every year in America, and local law enforcement and highway safety officials agree that too many of those fatalities are happening on I-75.

In 2011:

-More than half of the people killed in traffic crashes were not wearing seatbelts

-Approximately 9,900 people were killed in impaired-driving crashes

-Nearly 10,000 lives were lost in speeding-related crashes

The OSHP will use education, awareness and strict enforcement to remind all drivers along I-75 to "Drive to Save Lives."

"One thing we know is that traffic crashes are preventable. We want to educate the motoring public to make better decisions – and maybe even change their driving behaviors – to reduce crashes and fatalities," explained Colonel Paul Pride, OSHP superintendent. "No matter what state you are traveling in, we want you to arrive at your destination safely."

The I-75 Challenge is being spearheaded by the Florida Highway Patrol, and brings together state and local law enforcement from Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan.

In 2014, the OSHP is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, International Association of Chiefs of Police, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, and the Governors Highways Safety Association to implement combined highway safety law enforcement campaigns, like "More Cops. More Stops." and the "Drive to Save Lives" campaigns to reduce fatalities nationwide.

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