NW OHIO- Beginning at 6A on Thursday November 20, 2014 state, county and municipal law enforcement throughout Northwest Ohio conducted a 48 hour traffic enforcement effort aimed at saving lives. This effort, known as “Lights for Lives” began last year as an annual event to show solidarity in the law enforcement community as it pertains to traffic safety. This year again, “Lights for Lives” was a successful operation that showed what can be accomplished by law enforcement working cooperatively in a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional effort. In the spirit of cooperation, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Findlay District and over 30 law enforcement agencies in Northwest Ohio from the following counties: Williams, Fulton, Lucas, Defiance, Henry, Wood, Putnam, Paulding, Hancock, Van Wert, Allen, and Hardin Counties participated.
“Lights for Lives” was a multi-agency, multi-jurisdictional, cooperative enforcement campaign focused on officers activating their overhead LIGHTS and stopping as many vehicles as possible to save as many LIVES as possible. It began on November 20th at 6AM and lasted until November 22nd at 6AM.
During the 48-hour operation officers reported stopping 1,641 vehicles and issued 730 citations. 89 Safety Belt citations were issued, while 40 impaired drivers were removed from Ohio’s roadways. (OSHP Troopers, Allen County Sheriff’s deputies, and Lima Police conducted a cooperative OVI Checkpoint.) 11 Felony and 39 misdemeanor criminal arrests, as well as 12 drug arrests were made during the operation. Of the citations issued, 394 of them were for speed violations. Agencies reported handling 84 property damage crashes and 21 injury crashes.
On behalf of all law enforcement who participated in “Lights for Lives”, we would like to remind motorists to always buckle up, throughout this holiday season, as it is the one thing most likely to save their life. Additionally, they must remember to plan ahead and never operate a vehicle when impaired by drugs and/or alcohol.