Patrol’s effective traffic enforcement yields felony arrests

Through effective traffic enforcement the Ohio State Highway Patrol is significantly impacting the criminal element on our public roadways and in our communities. By taking extra time during each traffic stop, and paying close attention to possible indicators of criminal activity, what on the surface seems to be a rather routine traffic stop can turn into something much more significant.

From January through July of this year the Patrol has made 2,079 felony traffic stops. Of these stops 74 percent involved a trooper "looking beyond the license plate" to detect criminal activity and make a felony arrest. The other 27 percent are attributed to a felony warrant apprehension.

"Every day our troopers are out on the roadways taking felons out of your communities," said Col. John Born, Patrol superintendent. "By being observant and catching criminal indicators - drugs, weapons and dangerous drivers are removed from the roadways."

Franklin County led the state in felony stops with 171 stops - followed by Scioto with 109, Lorain with 70, Lucas and Jackson with 65. Together these counties accounted for almost one in four felony stops made through July of this year.

In addition, 47 percent of the total felony arrests are for drug offenses - followed by felony OVI at 22 percent and theft/fraud at 17 percent.