Speeders, beware: Crackdown begins
BY JENNIFER BAKER | JBAKER@ENQUIRER.COM
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The Ohio State Highway Patrol and Cincinnati Police Traffic Unit are teaming up to crack down on speeders and drunk drivers on the interstates within city limits.
Fifteen troopers will be part of the traffic partnership with city police officers on Interstates 75, 71, 74 and 275 and state routes, Cincinnati police said in a prepared statement.
The initiative kicks off Thursday with high visibility patrol and enforcement efforts, including airspeed enforcement.
There also will be special airspeed patrols targeting aggressive driving by commercial vehicles on all interstates.
The crackdown concludes with a joint drunk driving checkpoint over Thanksgiving Day weekend, on Nov. 24.
The interstates have been identified as high accident areas, according to Cincinnati police.
There have been four wrong-way fatal crashes on Greater Cincinnati's interstate highways in two years.
In the most recent one, on Sept. 9, an Indiana driver was killed and her passenger was critically injured after their car was hit head-on by a drunk motorist headed the wrong way on I-75 in the West End.
More details about the traffic crackdown will be unveiled at a 10 a.m. press conference at the Regional Operations Center, 2000 Radcliff Dr., South Fairmount.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Assistant Superintendent Lieutenant William Costas and Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher are holding the press conference.