Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper's close call with erratic driver
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol is showing just how dangerous the highways can be for its' troopers. Video released on the department's Facebook page Sunday shows a trooper stopped on the side of I-35 last Friday in Carter County. That's when a SUV swerved to miss the car in front of them before nearly hitting the parked cruiser. OHP officials say the SUV sped off and troopers were unable to catch up with that driver. Police say while that trooper is alright, it's a reminder to drivers to be cautious and slow down. OHP officials say the safety of its troopers largely depends on individual drivers.
To view video, go to: https://youtu.be/9YnPRuUdsfs
Ohio State troopers seize $1.06 million worth of drugs during traffic stop
A traffic stop on the Summit County portion of the Ohio Turnpike led Ohio State troopers to over a million dollars worth of drugs. On May 8, troopers stopped Pierce J. Roberts, 30, of Ottaway Hills, for a lane violation near mile marker 175 on the turnpike. During the stop, a drug-sniffing canine officer alerted and officers saw other "criminal indicators" that led them to search the car. They seized 71 pounds of marijuana, 26 pounds of solid hashish and 8 pounds of liquid hash oil, valued at approximately $1.06 million. Roberts was taken to the Summit County jail and charged with possession and trafficking of marijuana, hashish and liquid hash. If he is convicted, he could face up to 48 years in prison and up to a $90 thousand fine.
Amid officer remembrances, respect is urged for move-over law
Monday, May 15 is not only National Peace Officers Memorial Day, according to the Ohio Turnpike Commission, it is also the 17th anniversary of the death of Ohio Highway Patrol Trooper Robert Perez from a turnpike accident. Perez died three days after his cruiser was struck from behind by a minivan while he was writing a citation on the Ohio Turnpike in Erie County near the US 250 exit on May 12, 2000. The driver who struck the trooper's cruiser was high on amphetamines, according to state officials, and was doing 83 miles per hour. Perez was 24 years old and lived in Lorain. The Ohio Turnpike Commission and the Ohio State Highway Patrol are asking motorists to help keep their fellow drivers and law enforcement officers safe by following Ohio's Move Over law. From 2012-2016, OSHP cruisers were involved in 73 crashes that appear to be related to the move over law, according to the patrol. These crashes resulted in the deaths of two civilians, 24 injured officers and 32 injured civilians. "By moving over, motorists are helping to protect the lives of everyone who works on or uses our roadways," said Lt. Richard Reeder of the OSHP's Milan Post. "It's not just the law -- it's the right thing to do to prevent the type of tragedy that befell the Perez family." Trooper Kenneth Velez was killed on Interstate 90 in Cleveland last September when he was hit by a car. The suspect, charged with driving under the influence and two counts of aggravated vehicular homicide, is set for trial in July in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. Cleveland police officer David Fahey was killed under similar circumstances in January. The driver accused of causing Fahey's death faces pretrial on similar charges May 16 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. The deaths have led two Ohio legislators to call for stiffer penaltiesfor drivers who fail to heed Ohio's move over law. National Peace Officers Memorial Day on Monday coincides with the 32nd annual Greater Cleveland Peace Officers Memorial Society commemoration, May 13-21, and National Police Week.
LCSO, FHP conduct operation to crack down on pedestrian injures, fatalities
Reflective vests, wristbands and educational flyers were a few of the items troopers were handing out to pedestrians on Thursday. The effort, conducted by the Lee County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol, was to decrease the amount of pedestrian injuries and deaths on roadways. The operation, took place along Palm Beach Boulevard. “If you’re riding your bike you’re out here to do so for exercise or for leisure or what have you and you shouldn’t be exposed to injury or death at that point,” Florida Highway Patrol Lt. Gregory Bueno said. Over 270 pedestrian and bicycle crashes in Lee County last year involved injuries, and 19 of those crashes were fatal, troopers said. Most of the collisions took place near U.S. 41., Bayshore Road, Palm Beach Boulevard, Lee Boulevard and Estero Boulevard. Troopers provided the following safety tips for pedestrians:
- Use designated walking areas whenever possible walk on sidewalks and in crosswalks whenever possible.
- Pay attention to walk signals and keep a safe distance when standing on street corners.
- Be sure to be seen be careful of blind spots when walking near or around a vehicle.
- Assume the driver does not see you.
- Proceed with caution when crossing intersections and streets.
- Stand out wear bright or reflective clothing, especially when walking in the dark. Carry a flashlight, too, for added protection.